THE IMPACT BUILDING FOR SWANSEA UNIVERSITY IS A BESPOKE RESEARCH FACILITY SPECIALISING IN ADVANCE ENGINEERING, DESIGNED TO PROMOTE THE CROSS-DISCIPLINARY FERTILISATION OF IDEAS, IN THE PURSUIT OF NEW PIONEERING TECHNOLOGY, SUPPORTING THE GLOBAL ENGINEERING INDUSTRY WITH COLLABORATIVE, FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH.
IMPACT and the neighbouring Computational Foundry, both designed by AHR, will serve as showcase developments located at the main entrance to the site.
The transformative design combines laboratory and office space to provide a unique colocation environment for academia-industry partnerships. Rigorous logical principles are emphasised throughout the design. The building is organised into three distinct and highly connected areas – a research office building, a laboratory and workshop block linked by a central atrium.
The strong aesthetic of the ‘collegiate’ campus design at Swansea Bay is neatly encapsulated in the façade design of the building. The crisp precast concrete panels and the red brick give a formal rhythm and human scale to the landscaped courtyard side of the building. This is juxtaposed by the industrial, saw toothed metal clad workshop with generous expanses of glass to connect campus users to the work being carried out within. The two forms are delicately interconnected by a light, bright glazed atrium.
The design of the IMPACT building enables closer working relationships within a facility that offers a wide range of collaborative and flexible workspaces, in addition to heavily serviced and adaptable laboratory and workshop spaces, featuring outstanding levels of indirect natural light and sustainable technologies carefully integrated within the design.
Research activities will be focused on promoting and supporting cross-disciplinary fertilisation of ideas under five core research themes: