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We were delighted to mark a significant milestone in the Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus build this month with the handover of the Seed Biobank. On Friday 24 May, Professor Iain Donnison, Head of IBERS, was able to accept the keys to the building on behalf of Aberystwyth University, IBERS, and the AberInnovation Project Board.
The official handover means that this building now officially passes from the contractor’s ownership and responsibility to the University’s. The process of decanting equipment and materials from the existing seed store will now begin, and is due to take two weeks. Leading on this process will be Ben Ling, Dr. Danny Thorogood, and Dr. Lin Huang, supported by AberInnovation project team members.
Below, we can see the dust extractor of the Seed Preparation Room, which will ensure that the dust from seed processing is extracted efficiently to ensure a pleasant working environment. In the same photo, we can see the door where the seed will first be delivered after harvest, while the next photo shows the room where it will first be processed. The seed cleaning unit that will sit in this room is in the process of being procured.
In the fourth photo below, in the foreground we can see the completed Seed Biobank (right) and the soon-to-be-completed Biorefining Centre (left). Between them in the background sits the current seed store. This is due to be demolished after the decant to make room for what will become the second phase of the build, containing the Future Food Centre, Advanced Analysis Centre, and Innovation Hub. It’s just about possible too to see the AberInnovation Office Block peeking out behind the Farmers’ Union of Wales building in the top-right of the picture, completing the range of facilities that AberInnovation will offer:
And to finish, here’s another drone shot to give a greater sense of the scale of the Campus, and where the buildings will sit in relation to each other and within Gogerddan Campus as a whole.