Marking the Completion of IMPACT

July 31, 2019
IMPACT Staff Launch

On Thursday 5th July, IMPACT celebrated the completion of building works with a staff launch event and annual summer barbecue.

Over 400 staff from within the College of Engineering joined together to mark the occasion with a red ribbon cutting led by VC Elect Professor Paul Boyle.  He was joined by Head of College, Professor Steve Brown, and IMPACT Director, Professor Johann Sienz, in thanking all those who made the building project such a huge success.

The event commenced with the annual summer barbecue on the grounds of the Bay Campus overlooking the beach, with food and refreshments provided by Gower Hog Roast.  Joe’s ice cream and cakes from Celebration were then provided in the IMPACT atrium.

IMPACT Celebration
Staff BBQ by the sea, delicious cakes in the atrium, ribbon cutting in the workshop and … 3,2,1… jump! Staff test the strength of the new workshop floor.

Following the ceremony, tours of the building took place with an overview of Engineering North – as the home to IMPACT.  Visitors could explore the vast workshop and lab spaces as well as co-location space and academic offices.

IMPACT Building
Inside the IMPACT building: new lab spaces and offices, large open-plan workshop, colocation space and a floating boardroom overlooking the atrium and workshop.

Completed in May, the building itself is divided by a linked atrium into two distinct areas, which include a research office building and a laboratory building with 1,600m2 open plan workshop. Together they house 80 single occupancy offices, hub space for over 150 researchers and colocation space for 50 industrial and academic collaborators.

Externally, the north entrance features a large living wall of plants and flowers, approximately 114m2.

More changes will follow in the coming months ahead of the building officially opening this winter!

To view all images from the day visit the full album with additional shots of the building here.

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