Science & Innovation Campus

Local businesses urged to tender for New Science & Innovation Campus work

Swansea Bay Partnership is urging more small local firms to maximise the business opportunities associated with the £200 million first phase of Swansea University’s new Science and Innovation Campus at Fabian Way.

‘Meet the Buyer’ events are being held at Liberty Stadium on the 16th & 17th July to help local companies to become involved in the project.

The project is being undertaken by Swansea University and its development partner, leading regeneration specialist, St. Modwen, with their construction partner VINCI Construction UK, and Swansea University’s framework contractor, the Leadbitter Group.

Swansea Bay Partnership, Swansea Bay Futures and Welsh Government are working closely together to assist Swansea University and the contractors with local supply chain development through the construction phase and operation of the new campus.

John Flower, Director of Environment at Neath Port Talbot Council and Spokesperson for Swansea Bay Partnership, said:" I would encourage any small and medium-sized business with an eye to obtaining part of this £200 million contract work to attend the next Meet the Buyer events. The business is there to be won so please make the most of it. 

“Although this is a very large scale project, the contractors are committed to getting local companies involved and are willing to break down some of the larger work packages so that smaller businesses in the region can get involved.  We would therefore, encourage businesses of all sizes to register their interest in working on the development.”

Michael Kavanagh, Senior Commercial Manager at Vinci, added: “These events have been a great opportunity for us to meet local companies and we are keen to meet more. There are a number of local companies that attended previous Meet the Buyer events that we are now pursing work with. I would encourage as many local businesses as possible to register for the July event.”

One local company that will be working on site is Port Talbot based DJ Construction. Steve Jones, MD of the DJ Construction, commented: “This is a big boost for us.  We are delighted to have secured this contract with Vinci, and to be working on such a high-profile local development. Being a small local family run business it’s a big win for us.”

The July event will start with a presentation that will outline the plans for the development and informed local businesses on how they could take advantage of supply chain opportunities for the project. There was also an exhibition providing information on support available to businesses which consider tendering, helping them to be fully prepared for the procurement process.

Members of the VINCI Construction UK and the Leadbitter Group commercial teams will be holdingone-to-one interviews with companies interested in a number of trade areas such as Ceramic tiling, blinds, paving, decorating, aluminium windows, bricklaying and soft landscaping. 

There are opportunities to either attend a general briefing on the development, or to secure a one-to-one meeting, if a company is in one of the relevant trades.   For more information, or to register for the briefings visit: www.swanseabaypartnership.com/en/science-and-innovation-campus