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
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.”
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: