About Cardiff Innovation Campus

Home of Innovation

The Cardiff Innovation Campus breaks new ground. It will put ideas to work, bringing thinkers and makers together. A first set of architectural artwork shows how a disused railway yard will be transformed into a £300m Home of Innovation.

Like the fireboxes of the steam trains that once rumbled across it, the Campus aims to generate energy, turning ideas into products and services that kick start economic growth.

In practice, Cardiff Innovation Campus – or CIC – will provide creative spaces to build partnerships. It’s where a scientist might meet an entrepreneur and forge a friendship that builds a business, or where researchers and government data scientists might explore new ways of improving public services.

Entrance from Maindy Road to the Innovation Campus, looking across exchange square to the Innovation Centre.

CIC will unite academics, students, business, government and the public sector. Ideas will become products, technologies, spin-outs and start-ups.

Covering 60,000 square metres of land, CIC already comprises the Hadyn Ellis Building, completed in 2013, and the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre, recently opened by Her Majesty The Queen.

Our aim is to create two major new buildings offering extensive research and innovation space along with cafes and creative areas, public open spaces, and car parks. A bridge will link the Innovation Campus with Cardiff Business School.

Looking north from the footbridge across the Innovation Campus

One building will be created for scientific research. It will be home to the Cardiff Catalysis Institute, a world leader in research into chemical sciences, and the Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS), a unique UK-based large-scale translational research centre in compound semiconductors.

The second building will house SPARK, where social scientists will design and test solutions to societal problems, and the Innovation Centre, a creative space giving companies the support to grow with confidence. The Innovation Centre will partner the Medicentre at Heath Park – an incubator for start-ups geared to clinical innovation.

Featuring an auditorium, cafe, and a flowing staircase, the Centre’s public areas will connect researchers with the local community, creating social interaction, recreation space, alfresco dining, and exhibition and events space with research potential.

We hope to start work on the site early in 2017, helping to shape the future of our capital city.

Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University