Key Facts

Building Information

Approx 6000 sqm building

BREEAM small Excellent intended rating 


Future proof high spec research labs, academic staff offices and research hubs for researchers and company hot desking, meeting rooms

Research Themes

Research efforts will be focused on promoting and supporting cross-disciplinary fertilisation of ideas under five core research themes:

  • Future Manufacturing Technologies
  • Next Generation Materials Property Measurement
  • Advanced Structural Mechanics
  • Vapour Deposition Cluster
  • Metals Technology Centre

underpinned by REF strengths in Materials and Numerical Modelling.


Solar Photovoltaic Academic Research Consortium (SPARC II)

IMPACT -Innovative Materials, Processing and Numerical Technologies (Bay Campus)

IMPACT at Swansea University’s Bay Campus forms part of the College of Engineering as a semi-autonomous Research Institute, with strategic research objectives determined by a scientific steering board and advice from external industrial, governmental and academic stakeholders. It will provide future proof highly specialised laboratories for fundamental research and office space providing a, dynamic environment for collaboration of industry and academia, with the aim to attract significant research funding.

This state of the art, semi-autonomous Research Institute will operate in the “Grand Challenge” priority area of Advanced Engineering and Materials to add to world leading capacities and capabilities within the College of Engineering. 

IMPACT will enable a step change in research and innovation in the College’s already outstanding Materials, Processing and Numerical Technologies research groups. 

The IMPACT research programme will be delivered through an internationally competitive team of 65+ in-house academic researchers and 155+ additional researchers working in high-quality research facilities. The distinct ethos of IMPACT will ensure that its research brings together the world leading expertise from across the College of Engineering, to create multi-disciplinary teams that are able to attract world leading talent or experts, and significant additional funding to carry out fundamental frontiers research.

It is supplemented by more novel areas such as photovoltaic research with co-location of Wales’ Solar Photovoltaic Academic Research Consortium (SPARC II).

IMPACT has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and Swansea University.