Translational Research Hub
Designed by HOK’s London Studio, a global architectural practice, the Translational Research Hub will be home to two institutes with the expertise needed to transform industry.
The Translational Research Hub (TRH) will foster partnerships with national and international enterprises to promote academic-to-business, and business-to-business relationships and fuel economic growth in Wales and beyond.
High-tech lab space will support excellent research alongside facilities designed for industrial collaboration, helping to overcome traditional barriers between academia and commercial application.
Translational research has a variety of definitions, but commonly is considered research that translates new information or knowledge that is created in one area to another application.
At Cardiff University, this involves the application of knowledge gained through basic research through to the development of new products. It’s about taking fundamental research and turning it into application, so that society benefits from the research we do.
Inside the TRH
The Translational Research Hub is part of our £300m Innovation Campus master plan to transform the Maindy Road site.
The 129,000-sq-ft. research hub will accommodate two world-leading institutes: the Cardiff Catalysis Institute and the Institute for Compound Semiconductors.
The Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI) was established within the School of Chemistry at Cardiff University in order to:
- improve the understanding of catalysis
- work with industry to develop new catalytic processes
- promote the use of catalysis as a sustainable 21st century technology
Our state-of-the-art catalysis facility supports world leading research in chemical sciences.
With state-of-the-art equipment, cutting-edge facilities and highly-skilled people, the Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS) aims to position Cardiff as the UK and European leader in Compound Semiconductor Technologies.
From smartphones and tablets to satellite communications and GPS, compound semiconductors drive the devices and technologies we use today. The ICS enables researchers and industry to work together to meet consumer demand by progressing academic research to a point where it can be introduced reliably and quickly into the production environment.
- Work started: 2018
- Work due to be completed: 2022
- January 2016 - Designer selected for the Translational Research Hub
- June 2018 - Cardiff University signs Innovation Campus deal
- August 2019 - Work starts on Cardiff Innovation Campus