Case Study:

Cardiff Innovation Centre

Main Contractor

Bouygues UK Limited

Project Type


Project Value

£300 million
Cardiff Innovation Centre StairCase

The Project

In 2017, Cardiff University unveiled plans to build three brand-new buildings which would create a modern and innovative workspace with cutting edge facilities for researchers, students and startup businesses.

At the heart of Cardiff Innovation Campus (CIC) is the Innovation Centre building which will bring together entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics and students – creating a unified and progressive environment to work and learn.

Within the multi-million pound, 12,000m² building, there will be 2,800m² of commercial units for spin outs and start-ups, including 500m² of commercial wet lab space. 

The Problem

Scheduled to open in 2021, Cardiff Innovation Campus will boast exciting new facilities that act as a magnet for research and investment. It will also be home to modern facilities including high-speed broadband, a brand new cafe, hot-desking and co-working areas, central reception and a conference space for up to 200 people. 

Due to the modern design of the building, builders required the highest quality materials to ensure maximum efficiency and safety. The insulation needed to deliver a high level of thermal resistance without taking up space, and it was of fundamental importance that the insulation was non-flammable and non-combustible.

Developers sought the help of SuperFOIL to meet these needs and provide a modern insulation solution for the Cardiff Innovation Centre. Naturally, we were delighted to get involved in the project.

How We Helped

SuperFOIL experts advised that our SFNC non-combustible solution would be the most suitable for the project. Because of the scale of the building, we have supplied 4,000 sq ft of insulation – making this one of our biggest deliveries so far. 

SuperFOIL SFNC is a Class A1 rated, non-combustible multi-foil insulation meaning it was the perfect solution for the CIC’s necessary fire requirements. Due to the nature of the building, it was vital to use a non-combustible insulation system.

SFNC is the only insulation of its kind to be certified by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) as European Class A1 Non-Combustible, which is the highest possible rating of fire safety.

SFNC is also quick and easy to apply and, because it offers an R-Value of up to 1.54 despite measuring just 20mm in thickness, it was the ideal insulation solution for this project.

Currently, the Cardiff Innovation Campus and the Innovation Centre are still under construction and are due to open in 2021. Once completed, the project will open the door to innovation and creativity and will push the boundaries of modern architecture. 

Managing Direction of SuperFOIL, William Bown, said:

 “Modern buildings require modern materials, at SuperFOIL, we were happy to provide the highest quality insulation for this brand-new, state-of-the-art university building.

“We can’t wait to see the finished project, the plans of the building look fantastic and we’re delighted to have been chosen by head developers to play a part in this soon-to-be iconic landmark in the heart of beautiful Cardiff.”

Despite the slim 20mm width of SuperFOIL’s SFNC insulation, the product offers exceptionally high thermal performances. Its roof performance is 1.54 R-value, walls have a 1.99 R-value and flooring has a 3.68 R-value. 

Additionally, SFNC also has outstanding fire performance levels including an official Class A1 ‘non-combustible’ rating which is the best possible rating for ‘Reaction to Fire’. It also ranks in Class 0 for ‘Fire Propagation’ and Class 1 for ‘Spread of Fire’.

SuperFOIL’s multi-foil products are approved by the British Board of Agrement (BBA) and Local Authorities Business Control (LABC) and Local Authority Building Standards Scotland (LABSS) in the UK, as well as Deutches Institut fur Bautechnik (DIBT) and ZAG in Europe.

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