Swansea University £35m IMPACT research facility completes

Lab and office space make up the new research and development centre

Swansea University’s £35m Institute for Innovative Materials, Processing and Numerical Technologies (IMPACT) has been completed.

The design combines laboratory and office space for scientists in advanced engineering, modelling and materials.

Professor Johann Sienz, director of innovation and engagement in the College of Engineering at Swansea University, and director of IMPACT, said: “AHR [the architect] 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.”

Gary Overton, director at AHR, said: “The environment stimulates ingenuity by working with the people inside, embedding connectivity between core research areas so that the industry and academia feel like the spaces are encouraging them to work together as one.”

IMPACT will seek to tackle bold challenges such as the generation of renewable technologies, creating novel materials, and delivering the fourth industrial revolution in manufacturing.