Major Step Forward for Swansea University Campus Redevelopment
Swansea University has reached an important milestone in the
development of its new Science and Innovation Campus.
The Council (the University’s governing body) has agreed that
the University will now move into the final stages of procurement
on the project with the remaining bidder St. Modwen with its
construction partner Vinci and expects to receive a detailed offer
by the autumn of this year.
If these negotiations are concluded successfully it is expected
that following the grant of detailed planning consent, work will
commence on site in early 2013 and the new campus and new
student residences will be occupied by Autumn 2015.
The proposed Swansea Bay Science and Innovation Campus would
play a crucial role in building Wales’ knowledge economy,
establishing the region as a vibrant location for high technology –
as well as helping the University to realise its ambition to become
a world-leader in research and innovation. It would also act
as a major economic regeneration driver in the south west Wales
Swansea University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Richard B.
“The Council decision represents a significant
step in the progression of this ambitious project, allowing us to
enter into the final stageof procurement.
“The proposed development would enable the
University to break out of its space constraints, allowing room for
us to accelerate our growth strategy, capitalising on our research
and development expertise and long-standing partnerships with major
“The project also includes major redevelopment
of our existing campus.
“The two campuses will become a catalyst for the growth of
high-tech clusters for the digital economy, life sciences, and
advanced engineering –making a major contribution to the economic
regeneration of the region and beyond.”