The Institute for Innovative Materials, Processing and Numerical Technologies (IMPACT) has reached completion.
The research facility, specialising in advanced engineering, is based at Swansea University Bay Campus and forms part of the College of Engineering, providing it with space for strategic expansion.
The completion of the building marks a major milestone in the successful delivery of the £35 million state-of-the-art engineering research operation. Construction commenced in December 2017 with a design created to further support the global engineering industry with collaborative, fundamental research.
The transformative design combines laboratory and office space to provide a unique colocation environment for academia-industry partnerships.
Professor Johann Sienz, Director of Innovation and Engagement in the College of Engineering, and Director of IMPACT, said of the design:
“AHR has converted our discussions into what already now feels will be an excellent and inspirational working environment for the many academics, researchers, students, visitors and collaborators from companies and academia.”
As well as being a transformative research environment, the building also features a 114m2 ‘living wall’ of approximately 5,500 plants and flowers, situated on the front elevation of the building, creating a dramatic approach to the campus upon arrival. The wall brings a new level of sustainability to the building, provides a home for wildlife with integrated nest boxes and enhances the biodiversity of the site. In addition, the roof houses 240 photo-voltaic solar panels which provide a source of energy.
The operation has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and Swansea University. The building will officially launch in the winter months.
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