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Aberystwyth University Innovation and Enterprise Campus

IBI Group led the interior, architectural and landscape design of a flagship Innovation and Enterprise Campus at Aberystwyth University in Wales. The vibrant building will host cutting-edge facilities for collaborative research and development projects within the biotechnology, agri-tech, and food and drink sectors.


Client
Aberystwyth University, AberInnovation, Willmott Dixon
Location
Aberystwyth, Wales
Excellent BREEAM
7,400 sq ft Size
2020 Completed

Located at Aberystwyth University’s Gogerddan Campus, the objective of the Aberystwyth University Innovation and Enterprise Campus’ (AIEC) design was to establish a thriving, commercially-focused facility that increases the capacity to deliver impact-driven collaborative research projects. The research facilitated through the Campus will aid the development of spin-out companies and inward investment, enabling further advancement and growth. The project accommodates some of the University’s leading innovative initiatives, including a seed biobank, bio-refining facilities, multi-use laboratory spaces and a future food centre.

The principal aim of the campus design was to encourage collaboration wherever possible. The AIEC offers a series of spaces, including informal “hub” environments, adaptable meeting rooms and high-tech laboratories. It serves as a collaborative epicentre between numerous in-house scientists and external parties committed to innovation. The space also provides a unique base for research in response to global challenges such as food security, bioenergy, sustainability, and the impacts of climate change.

IBI Group’s design brings five bioscience and agri-tech user groups together in three connected buildings that enable the study of long-term seed storage, raw materials processing, and the development of advanced new food types. Our experts visually referenced the interconnectedness of the farming and manufacturing sectors by utilizing a common aesthetic and solid massing throughout the entire campus.

A shining example of the University’s commitment to deliver world-class research and innovation facilities, the new AIEC enables world-leading research to take place and will play an important role in protecting natural resources now and in the future.

A new generation of minds is reshaping the way we approach education at all levels of learning.

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