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Innovation Matrix

Opening May 2024

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Welcome to the Innovation Matrix, a new state-of-the-art building and eco-system focused on digital innovation, in the heart of Swansea’s SA1 Innovation Quarter.

The Innovation Matrix offers a unique opportunity to connect your business through co-location and partnership with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Wales’ oldest university. By partnering with us, you will join a new and vibrant innovation community of start-ups, businesses and researchers. You’ll also gain access to cutting-edge facilities located in our adjacent campus buildings, providing you with specialist technical support to help accelerate new product development and grow your enterprise.

The development of the Innovation Matrix is the result of a strategic partnership between the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the Swansea Bay City Deal. The Swansea Bay City Deal is a £1.3 billion investment portfolio of major programmes and projects across the Swansea Bay City Region. The City Deal is funded by the UK Government, the Welsh Government, the public sector and the private sector. Over its planned 15-year life span, the City Deal aims to boost the regional economy by at least £1.8 billion while generating more than 9,000 jobs.

How can I find out more information

To learn more about the Innovation Matrix, please email:
matrix@uwtsd.ac.uk or Download our Innovation Matrix Brochure


Our vision is to build an internationally recognised centre for digitally empowered research and collaboration between academia and industry to deliver economic impact for the University, Partner Enterprises, City Region and UK economy.


UWTSD’s SA1 Innovation Quarter

SA1 Innovation Quarter

Innovation Matrix Map


The Innovation Matrix is located in the heart of our SA1 Innovation Quarter, which forms part of our Swansea City Campus. Its unique coastal location, in the historic Docklands area of the city, provides panoramic views across Swansea Bay and the hills to the north. The location is a short 15-minute walk from the city centre and only 20-minutes from the train and bus stations. The SA1 Innovation Quarter offers swift access to the M4 motorway and is within easy reach of the beautiful Gower Peninsula and its spectacular beaches. Other facilities such as private apartments, restaurants, supermarkets, pharmacies, hotels and leisure facilities can all be readily accessed within the Quarter.

On site car parking with electric vehicle charging points are provided as are charging points for electric bikes and scooters. This offer is supported by the University through our campus cycling strategy and in our commitment to the Swansea Bay Healthy Travel Charter.

Partnership Opportunities

We believe the Innovation Matrix is different to other commercial developments because it has partnership and collaboration at its heart. Rather than a traditional landlord and tenant approach, we want to work alongside businesses that are committed to innovation and share the values of our University. This could be an enterprise that is just starting out in our incubation zone and wants to access our specialist R&D facilities through to a multi-national looking for several hundred square metres of Grade A space and a strategic relationship tied to our innovative courses or specialist research centres.

To reflect these varying types of possibilities, we have developed three unique partnership models to create a new and compelling value-driven offer mutually beneficial to both parties.

Each partnership model has a base accommodation and service bundle plus an individually negotiated collaboration bundle. The collaboration bundle could comprise a range of collaboration opportunities including, but not limited to, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, Smart Partnerships and Joint-Ventures. These will be developed in conjunction with our INSPIRE department (Institute for Sustainable Practice, Innovation, Research and Enterprise) and its dedicated team of commercial and partnership specialists.

Innovation Matrix Concepts

A Contemporary Work Place

The Street

The Innovation Matrix is arranged around a shared, centrally heated ‘street’ which acts as a community area, flexible working and meeting space where new connections are made and old ones renewed. As with all great streets there’s a great coffee shop on the corner providing an informal place to meet and catch-up. More formal bookable spaces are located in the centre of the street along with shared break-out seating areas. The central street provides access to the individual office units, a dedicated meeting room, our incubation suite as well as the Innovation Matrix Partnership Office and reception.

The Landing

The first floor or ‘landing’ offers more privacy. The landing is accessed via multiple staircases and a DDA compliant passenger lift. The upper floor also houses a large, bookable conference room with state-of-the-art hybrid connectivity.