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HOK selected to design Cardiff University Translational Research Facility

Cardiff University has selected HOK to design a £77m 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 Adrian Gainer, Regional Leader for HOK’s Science + Technology group. “We look forward to creating cutting-edge facilities that will reinforce the university’s international reputation as a leading catalysis research centre 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 programmes. The Translational Research Facility is part of the wider Cardiff University Innovation Campus plan that has a total project value of £300m. The wider 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 is yet to be 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, Research, Innovation and Engagement. “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.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 25 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people's lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation. Other HOK-designed science and technology projects include the Francis Crick Institute in London, which is due for completion in 2016, and the Ri.MED Biomedical Research and Biotechnology Centre (BRBC) near Palermo, Sicily.

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