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.

Both core buildings feature a combination of 5 & 6 storey reinforced concrete frames, steel frames, curtain walling, rain screen cladding, with public realm areas.

Bouygues UK Site Offices
Maindy Road, Cathays, Cardiff
CF24 4HQ

One year on from Open Doors in March 2019, when only the groundworks were visible, visitors will now see a transformed site with 4 of the 5 main buildings well underway by March 2020.

The exterior of those buildings will have most of their cladding, curtain walling and glazing already fitted.

Internal fit-out works will be the main focus of works on site at that point in time.

The site will be at it's peak production with approximately 300+ workers on site.

Nick Toulson

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