Local construction companies given opportunity to work on UWTSD’s £300 million Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter
Local construction companies have been given an opportunity to secure work on University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) £300m Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter in SA1. The ambitious city centre development is set to create a new learning neighbourhood in Swansea, connecting education with business, innovation and enterprise.
Local construction companies have been given an opportunity to secure work on University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) £300m Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter in SA1.
The ambitious city centre development is set to create a new learning neighbourhood in Swansea, connecting education with business, innovation and enterprise.
Kier Construction (Kier), recently won the £26million contract to deliver the project, and is looking for local sub-contractors and suppliers to assist with the build. The Kier team held a Meet the Buyer event in SA1’s Technium 2 to consult with local firms and due to its overwhelming success they are looking to run a further event.
A total of 50 local firms expressed an interest in attending the event, with those attending including Shufflebottom Ltd, Swansea Timber and Plywood Co Ltd, Artisan Flooring Ltd and Ash and Lacy Building Systems.
UWTSD’s Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter Project Director Ray Selby said: “Kier has shown a commitment to working with local sub-contractors and suppliers from the outset and it is one of the key reasons that the University appointed them for the delivery of this landmark project. It can be difficult for local businesses to get involved in large scale projects like this so we are delighted that so many companies will get the opportunity to work with us on the delivery of the Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter.
“It was great to see so many firms in attendance at our Meet the Buyer event and we hope to speak with many more as the final arrangements are put in place before the construction starts this autumn.”
Jason Taylor, Operations Director atKier Construction,said: “The Meet The Buyer event was a great success with a number of new subcontractors and suppliers attending. Kier is delighted to be working in partnership with UWTSD in an open and collaborative manner. We are are keen to continue establishing strong partnerships with local organisations and offer opportunities to our supply chain members.”
Kier is responsible for managing the detailed and technical design of the University’s new buildings as well as handling the entire construction process. Phase One of the Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter will comprise the faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering as well as a new library building, with an approximate area of 12,200 sq m together with external public spaces.
Construction on Phase One of the development will begin in Autumn 2016 to ensure the site is operational for the start of the academic year in 2018.