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Innovation Campus

Innovation Campus

We are building state-of-the-art facilities to help innovation thrive.

We have been putting ideas to work since 1883, forging partnerships across all sectors – from charities to industries, public institutions and government bodies.

Cardiff Innovation Campus will help us do more. We are turning a former railway yard into a firebox for great ideas, where thinkers meet backers and funders to spark answers to society’s challenges. And we want you to be involved.

Changing the world requires something, and somewhere, out of the ordinary. Something to spark ideas, inspire creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. A space where you can dare to dream, experiment and share those ideas with a diverse community of academics, students, business, policy makers and more.

Located at Maindy Park in the heart of Cardiff, the Campus is the door to innovation at Cardiff University and will provide cutting-edge facilities that will help researchers and students work across disciplines and with partners to influence policy and build enterprises that create products, spin-outs, start-ups and social enterprises.

The Hadyn Ellis Building was the first development to be completed. It brings together experts in conditions such as schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease and stem cell cancer research for the first time. It was followed by the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre, which is one of Europe's flagship facilities for brain research imaging.

The state-of-the-art Campus will feature two new buildings driving innovation. Innovation Central will house SPARK, the world’s first social science research park, and the Innovation Centre – a creative space for start-ups, spin-outs and partnerships. The Translational Research Facility will be home to two world-leading scientific research establishments – the Institute for Compound Semiconductors and Cardiff Catalysis Institute.

We excel in connecting academics, students staff and our partners worldwide. Our lifeblood is Wales, but our outlook is global. Come and join us. We are the Home of Innovation.

Cardiff University Brain Imaging Centre (CUBRIC)

CUBRIC’s mission is to understand brain and behaviour in health and disease through advanced imaging and cognitive methods.

Hadyn Ellis Building

This award-winning building brings together experts in conditions such as schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease and stem cell cancer research for the first time.

Inside the new Innovation Centre

Innovation Central

Providing companies with the resources and support to encourage growth with confidence.

Architect's impression of the interior atrium of the Translational Research Facility.

Translational Research Facility

Home to two institutes, both using world-leading research to improve industrial processes.

Campus delivery

Cardiff University has teamed up with Bouygues UK Limited, a leading construction company with a track record in urban regeneration, to develop the new buildings.

Bouygues UK has worked on similar, impressive projects, including building significant higher education developments across Wales, the UK and globally. The build will help create jobs in construction management, technical and trades roles, including apprenticeships for many local people.

Visit the Home of Innovation blog for regular construction updates and innovation stories from across the University.

Get in touch

For more information about working with us or any specific queries about the campus project please email:

Sally O'Connor