Bouygues UK is building a new state-of-the-art Campus for Cardiff University, which will feature two new buildings driving innovation - Innovation Central and the Translational Research Facility.


Innovation Central, designed by award-winning architects Hawkins\Brown, 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 vibrant hub will nurture partnerships between entrepreneurs, business leaders, professional advisers, academics and students.

The IC Building comprises of a number of different types of accommodation, which can be broken down into the following categories:- 

Social Science Research Teams          2529m2

Innovation Centre                               3117m2

Ground-floor Auditorium                    360m2

Meeting rooms                                   723m2


The Translational Research Facility, designed by global architects HOK, will be home to two world-leading scientific research establishments - the Institute for Compound Semiconductors and Cardiff Catalysis Institute.

The TRF comprises a number of different types of accommodation, which can be broken down into the following areas:

Laboratories (inc cleanroom) 4,400 m²

Offices                                     1,700 m²

Atrium and Informal Areas     600 m²


TRF comprises a 6-storey reinforced concrete frame, steel framed clean rooms, curtain walling, glazing and rainscreen cladding.  

IC comprises a 5-storey reinforced concrete frame with a 5-storey feature staircase, steel framed public space, curtain walling, glazing and rainscreen cladding.


Visitors will receive an introduction to Bouygues UK and the project, which will be followed by a site tour. Prior to heading out on site visitors will be given a site safety briefing and issued with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to wear during the tour itself.

The site is at the early stages of construction of the reinforced concrete frame for the Translational Research Facility.

The tour will take in a large part of the site and have the chance to view the ground floor construction stage of the 6-storey reinforced concrete frame.

Address Maindy Road, Cathays, Cardiff
CF24 4HQ
Parking available yes

Spaces will be reserved for booked guests. Please mention that you will require a car parking space when booking.

There is a NextBike Docking Station 300m from the site entrance outside the Cardiff University Hadyn Ellis Building on Maindy Road.

Length of Visit 1 Hour
Maximum Group Size 20
Register by March 17, 2019
Disabled Access no
Child Restrictions yes

All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Minimum age 8

Nick Toulson

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The next Open Doors will take place from Monday 16 - Saturday 21 March 2020.

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