The state-of-the-art £35 million Institute for Innovative Materials, Processing and Numerical Technologies (IMPACT) research centre, part of Swansea University’s College of Engineering, will deliver a high impact, transformative research environment for industry and academia to collaborate in advanced engineering and materials.
The ethos of IMPACT is to foster academia-industry partnerships, promoting cross-disciplinary fertilisation of ideas in the pursuit of new pioneering technology. This will be achieved by bringing together first class expertise from the College, attracting leading talent and partnering with the World’s largest companies and regional partners.
IMPACT has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government & Swansea University.
A new ‘living wall’ of plants and flowers, which will improve the building’s energy efficiency and provide a home for wildlife, has been installed on the IMPACT building, which is based at the University's Bay Campus. The specially designed hydroponic system has been created to bring a new level of sustainability to the building, through intelligent water management and stable system dynamics. The living wall (or ‘green wall’) is situated on the northern elevation of the building to give a dramatic approach to the campus upon arrival. It features approximately 5,500 plants including Hedera helix ‘Green Wonder’ and Euonymus fortunei ‘Dart’s Blanket’.
The IMPACT project followed the success of neighbouring Computational Foundry, Swansea University, also at Swansea University’s Bay Campus, which we furnished earlier this year.
Kier Construction Western & Wales were awarded the design & build contract for this project which has been designed by AHR Architects.
We were appointed by Kier to work with AHR on the furniture specification and finishes for the project. The loose furniture was selected from Swansea University’s approved ranges which have been previously supplied for buildings at Swansea Bay to ensure continuity across the campus.