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.
ClientAberystwyth University, AberInnovation, Willmott Dixon
Facilitating world-class research through collaborative campus design
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.