CSA Catapult, Newport

The Catapult centres are a network of world-leading facilities where the very best of the UK’s businesses, scientists and engineers work side by side on late-stage research and development – transforming high potential ideas into new products and services to generate economic growth.

The (Compound Semiconductor Applications) CSA Catapult helps UK companies to grow by harnessing opportunities in compound semiconductor technologies which translate into opportunities for Power electronics, RF/microwave and Photonics.

In 2018 BOF tendered for the supply of loose furniture for CSA Catapult’s new research facilities located in Imperial Park, Newport, South Wales. The facility is designed to encourage collaboration with industry and academia and will have a designated area for the south Wales compound semiconductor cluster to meet and share ideas. The whole space will account for approximately 2,460m2. The Innovation Centre is split between open plan offices and specialist laboratories (Power Electronics, RF/Microwave, Photonics/Sensors and Advanced Packaging).

The project team at CSA Catapult were looking to engage with a supplier who had the vision, passion, and enthusiasm to work with their design team to deliver the finishing touches to their high tech facility.

Birmingham-based designers, Monteith Scott, provided the brief and specification having worked with the client to develop the interior concept. Our project team collaborated with the client and designers to ensure the agreed final specification met expectations and complemented the aesthetic of the interior.

The specification included furniture ranges from Senator, KI, Vitra, Boss Design, Brunner, Allermuir, Pedrali, Orangebox and Ocee Design.

By 2023, the Catapult will have helped to create around 1000 jobs in the businesses it has supported.

Interim Facilities Manager at the Catapult, Phil Whitfield, said:

“The technical approach from the installations team during the final stages of the office fit out was invaluable on what was a large and ambitious refurbishment.”

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