The Institute for Innovative Materials, Processing and Numerical Technologies (IMPACT) is a £35 million state-of-the-art engineering research institute specialising in fundamental research and innovation in advanced engineering, modelling and materials.  The operation has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and Swansea University.

As a Centre of Excellence, IMPACT supports the global engineering industry with collaborative, fundamental research.  The IMPACT building is based at Swansea University Bay Campus and forms part of the College of Engineering – offering a unique colocation facility for academia-industry partnerships within a transformative research environment.

Completed in May 2019, the building itself is divided by a linked atrium into two distinct areas, which include a research office building and a large open plan laboratory building.  In addition, there are 80 single occupancy offices and hub space for over 150 researchers.  Externally, the north entrance features a large living wall of plants and flowers, approximately 114 metres square, providing year-round texture and colour.

The ethos of IMPACT is to foster academia-industry partnerships, promoting cross-disciplinary fertilisation of ideas in the pursuit of new pioneering technology.  This will be achieved by bringing together first class expertise from the College, attracting leading talent and partnering with the World’s largest companies and regional partners.

Designed to BREEAM* excellent standards, the building is set to officially launch in the winter months.  It will provide future proof highly specialised laboratories with a dynamic environment for collaboration of industry and academia. This unique operation aims to attract world leading expertise and significant research funding.

*BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It recognises and reflects the value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle, from new construction to in-use and refurbishment.

Visit our website for more information: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/engineering/impact/

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