Swansea University Update

Supply Opportunities for Swansea University New Campus Development

Swansea University

Does your business offer steelworks or scaffolding?  Perhaps piling or prefabricated bathroom pods? Swansea Bay based businesses are being invited to find out more about the local supply opportunities associated with the £150 million first phase of Swansea University’s new Science and Innovation Campus at Fabian Way, being delivered by St.Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist and Swansea University, through VINCI Construction UK and the Leadbitter Group.  A series of briefings and ‘Meet the Buyer’ events are planned to help local companies become involved in the project, with the first events being held at Liberty Stadium on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th March.

Swansea Bay Futures, Swansea Bay Partnership and Welsh Government are working closely together to assist Swansea University and the successful contractors with local supply chain development through the construction phase and operation of the new campus. With work anticipated to start on site in April 2013, these events will provide information about opportunities for suppliers to get involved in general. They will also enable local companies that supply services that will be needed in the early stages of the build programme to meet with the contractors.

Any company wanting to find out more about the Science and Innovation Campus and the supply chain opportunities available is invited to register for one of the briefing events, which will be held at 8am on both mornings. As well as a formal presentation, there will also be information available on support mechanisms which can assist local companies to be prepared for tendering, thereby helping local companies fully benefit from the procurement of the project.

Members of the VINCI Construction UK and the Leadbitter Group commercial teams will also be holding one to one interviews with companies which may be able to deliver services in a number of initial areas such as groundworks, site set-up and security and waste management. Interested suppliers will need to have completed an Application for Interview form and, if selected, will then be given an appointment time.

Fiona Rees, Director of Swansea Bay Futures, said: “The Science and Innovation Campus project will play a crucial role in building Wales’ knowledge economy and will establish the region as a vibrant location for high technology.”

This is a great chance for local companies to get involved in one of the most exciting developments happening in Swansea Bay.  There will be lots of help and support available at the meet the buyer events, which could be particularly valuable for companies which may not have tendered for such opportunities before.  This is also a good example of joint working, with agencies in the region coming together to do what is best for local business.”

The one to one interviews can be particularly helpful for local companies to understand what the contractor is looking for and whether they can deliver this. Relevant companies are being encouraged to complete an application form as soon as possible, and by 9am on Monday 25th February at the latest.

Full information on the trades being interviewed on 5th and 6th March, together with an outline of future meet the buyer events can be found on