About the Project
The development of the multi-million pound SA1 Swansea Waterfront development will support the University’s aim to inspire individuals and develop reflective graduates and practitioners who can make a difference to society.
The SA1 Swansea Waterfront development will be situated in the city’s SA1 development, a vibrant, modern waterfront location with easy access to the city centre. The intention is to establish purpose-built facilities for learning, teaching and research as well as social, leisure and recreation space. Reflecting our focus on sustainability, buildings will be designed and constructed in a visually pleasing and sustainable way, with green spaces being developed to create an inspiring social environment.
The development will combine our existing presence in SA1 with the Technium One and Two buildings, which are currently used for commercial purposes, and will be connected to the city’s Cultural Quarter (which includes UWTSD’s Dynevor Centre for Art, Design and Media and the ALEX Design Exchange) on Alexandra Road.
The vision will be delivered in partnership with the Welsh Government and the City and County of Swansea, with the aim of further defining Swansea as a City of Innovation by establishing a range of impact hubs in identified priority areas. These will deliver clear economic and commercial benefits to attract new companies, partnerships and investment and therefore create a critical mass of expertise.
UWTSD will also create an integrated innovation and enterprise system to facilitate collaboration and knowledge transfer between industry and academia. The system is designed to encourage the integration of worldwide best practice with the best of Welsh creativity and innovation, thereby contributing significantly to the regeneration of the city and the wider region.
In addition, the partnership will support us in fulfilling our core mission to improve access to higher education and provide skills development that is relevant to local communities and employers. The aim is to ensure that, by enhancing the employability our graduates, we fulfil our potential to contribute significantly to economic regeneration in the Swansea Bay City Region.
A critical part of the student experience, the Student Centre will be the location for the key pastoral care services, social facilities and a proportion of the main on-campus catering facilities serving the University.
A ‘one-stop-shop’ in the Student Centre will provide students with finance, registry and accommodation support and a Health Centre will act as the focus for both medical and counselling services on site.
The Student Centre will create a focal point for activities connecting University of Wales Trinity Saint David to the business community through the Innovation Hub. It will also provide performance and events spaces, a range of cafe and restaurant options and flexible exhibition and display space. At weekends and over the summer, the Student Centre will also serve as a venue for a range of community events.
The SA1 Digital Library will provide a unique opportunity to consolidate the libraries from Mount Pleasant, Townhill and Swansea Business campuses as well as forging strong links with both the City and National Libraries. It will include access to technology and vast quantities of digital information, expertise on information retrieval, visualisation and analysis, and the provision of space to support student project work and collaborative learning.
The Library will occupy a central position in the Innovation Quarter and will support both the University and the wider community.
UWTSD is also planning to create a Welsh Centre for Digital Scholarship, within the library, to focus on research in the field of Digital Humanities, and making accessible our world-class manuscripts and rare documents collections in a digital format.
One of the core aims of the University is to stimulate investment and economic growth in Swansea, the Swansea Bay City Region and beyond. A wide range of knowledge transfer and industry-focused activities across the University will be supported by the creation of an Innovation Hub.
The Innovation Hub will be a flexible space to support innovation workshops and other events. In addition, the space could be used by our students to develop business and product ideas. It will provide startup co-working space and business support services for University spin-out and community-based companies as well as longer term incubation space. It will also be used to bring employers into the University for events, presentations and careers fairs throughout the year, connecting our students to career paths and potential employers.
The tech spaces will comprise clusters of specialised teaching spaces for Engineering, Digital Media, Applied Computing and Architecture. These include the Engineering workshops, video and sound studios and the Architecture studios. Wherever possible, workshops will be flexible and shared across faculties.
Gallery spaces will also be included to enliven the spaces and to reinforce the identity of the Schools as well as informing visitors, students and staff of on-going projects. Shared cafes, learning spaces and open-access computing areas will encourage students from across the Faculty, and the University as a whole, to interact and work together.
Flexi-space buildings will provide good quality generic spaces that can be configured in a number of ways. Workspace will be provided for around 200 academic and administrative staff, as well as staff hubs within buildings. There will be shared support across the six Schools but each School will have a distinctive front door and reception area to reinforce its identity.
A range of work settings will be provided including multi-person offices to foster a collegiate working style. There will be meeting and interview rooms in each area, and a staff common room will offer our staff an opportunity to interact and hold informal meetings. In addition, a central meeting zone will be created to support meetings between academic staff and students.
The Learning and Teaching Hub will include a range of centrally managed, technology-enabled rooms to support small, medium and large group teaching and include seminar rooms, classrooms, computer labs and learning studios.
These spaces will be grouped together with the science labs, resource areas and IT spaces to create the Education ‘Discovery Centre.’ The Discovery Centre will act as a focus for our engagement with Swansea schools and colleges and for the delivery of CPD courses for teachers across the region.
The School of Sports, Health and Outdoor Education focuses on the social and health aspects of playing, coaching and organising sports. Therefore, the School requires a range of facilities including a sports hall, a wet classroom to support watersports education programmes, a laboratory and a physiotherapy suite.
The School’s facilities will provide all UWTSD students and staff, and the wider community, with a major amenity for both competitive and recreational sport. It is envisioned that the sports hall will become the nucleus of a larger Sports Village.