The Challenge:

This project for the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, procured through SEWSCAP2, involved the development of a new BREEAM Excellent Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering; and a new campus library with the associated public realm works in the Swansea Innovation Quarter SA1.

The SA1 Waterfront development was part of the £300m Swansea Bay redevelopment. The development was part of a wider estates reconfiguration, supporting the University’s aim to inspire individuals and develop reflective graduates and practitioners who can make a difference in society in the forthcoming decades.

The challenge was to establish purpose-built facilities for learning, teaching and applied research, as well as social, leisure and recreation space on a previously disused site adjacent to the Prince of Wales Dock.

The Solution:

The transformed SA1 has formed a gateway between the region’s two universities and the city, creating opportunities for joint university enterprises in a mixed-use setting.

The development is comprised of three buildings, IQ, CWIC and the Y Fforwm. Combined they provide inspiring purpose-built facilities for learning, teaching and research as well as social, leisure and recreation space. With a strong focus on sustainability, the visually pleasing buildings create an inspiring social environment for all users, students and visitors alike.

These buildings provide a number of highly specialised laboratories and engineering teaching areas. The SA1 project has a construction comprising: Academic Building (Flexi and Tech) 10,109m2 and the Library Building of 2,705m2. The University includes: Academics and industry working together in shared space; within cluster areas, focused on the Welsh Government priority areas of Digital Economy, Low Carbon and Advanced Engineering; Collaboration across Higher Education Institutions; Opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The Impact:

The facility includes flexible learning spaces for the Faculty of Architecture Computing and Engineering in the 4 storey main building as well as the YFforwm building. The building also incorporates large workshops and laboratories for the motor sport department and technical areas supporting the Architecture faculty.

Designed by Stride Treglown Architects in Cardiff with input from the Princes Foundation for Building Communities, the project incorporates the ethos of respecting the past, building the future.

The scheme provided social benefits throughout the construction process by engagement with local schools, recruitment and up skilling and training to individuals. Business opportunities were achieved with local suppliers and contractors.

Site operations included delivery of the CITB’s National Academy for Construction – achieving a success rate of 98%.

Key community benefits / KPI’s were all exceeded:

  • 1300 person weeks
  • 25 Jobs for NEETS (a person who is unemployed, not in school or vocational training)
  • 10 trainee /apprentice weeks per £1m
  • FM Graduate initiative
  • 2 undergraduate placements 
  • 500 hours of construction training and education  

A company target for diverting 95% of site waste from landfill was exceeded.

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