Bouygues UK tops out at new Translational Research Facility in Cardiff

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Cardiff University‘s new Translational Research Facility, developed by Bouygues UK, has reached its ‘topping out’ stage of construction

Cardiff University’s new campus will be a ‘Home of Innovation’ where staff and students. It will feature two new buildings, the Translational Research Facility and Innovation Central.

Bouygues UK’s Rob Bradley was joined by Wales Education Minister, Kirsty Williams and Cardiff University vice-chancellor, Professor Colin Riordon to celebrate reaching the highest point of the new development.

The three ‘topped out’ the facility by adding their signatures to a beam on the building’s highest point.

The new development, designed by HOK, will be home to two world-leading scientific research establishments – the Institute for Compound Semiconductors and Cardiff Catalysis Institute.

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 building is due to open on the Cardiff Innovation Campus in 2021.

Rob Bradley said: “We are very proud to mark the high-point of the Translational Research Facility – a centre for world-leading sciences that will bring benefits for industry and the wider economy.”

Professor Riordansaid added: “The Translational Research Facility is devoted to working with industry to unlock the power of research. The Cardiff Innovation Campus will be a true Home of Innovation.”

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