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19 January 2016

HOK Selected to Design Cardiff University Translational Research Facility in Wales


Cardiff University has selected HOK to design a $110 million Translational Research Facility as part of the institution’s plan for its Innovation Campus in Cardiff, Wales.

The 129,000-sq.-ft. research hub will accommodate two world-leading institutes: the Cardiff Catalysis Institute and the Institute for Compound Semiconductors.

“We are delighted to have been selected by Cardiff University to design this visionary new research facility,” said Daniel Hajjar, managing principal in HOK’s London office. “We look forward to creating cutting-edge facilities that will reinforce the university’s international reputation as a leading catalysis research center and build on its strengths in the development of semiconductor devices and materials.”

Cardiff University has embarked on a comprehensive expansion of its existing campus. Focusing on innovation will enable the university to engage with the private sector to generate commercial revenue streams to support significant research programs. The Translational Research Facility is part of the broader Cardiff University Innovation Campus plan that has a total project value of $426 million. This plan includes the Innovation Central building, which will host the Social Science Research Park and the Innovation Centre, as well as the associated public realm and crossing. HOK has also been awarded phase 2 of the development, which has not yet been defined.

“We are looking forward to working with HOK to deliver the Translational Research Facility, which will act as a crucible for the university’s innovative translational research,” said Professor Hywel Thomas, pro vice-chancellor of research, innovation and engagement at Cardiff University. “Innovation is our lifeblood and runs through all we do. Creating the Innovation Campus will help leading researchers and entrepreneurial students turn research into real world answers, bringing social and economic benefits to Wales and beyond.”

HOK is providing architectural and lead consultant services. Other team members include CH2M, which is providing mechanical, electrical, structural and civil engineering services; BuroFour, which is providing project management services; and Faithful and Gould, the cost consultant.

Image of Cardiff University’s 1909 Main Building by Stan Zurek