Local Construction Companies Sought To Help Build UWTSD’s Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter

01.06.2016

The company awarded the contract to build University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) new £300 million Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter in the city’s SA1 area is looking for local sub-contractors and suppliers to help them deliver the project.

The ambitious city centre development is set to create a new learning neighbourhood in Swansea, connecting education with business, innovation and enterprise.

Kier Group Plc won the first phase of the £30million contract partly due to its collaborative approach to UWTSDs mission to ensure the local community benefits from the scheme. The company is now offering local construction sub-contractors and suppliers from the Swansea Bay area the chance to meet them at a Meet the Buyer event in Swansea on Monday, June 6.

 The event, which is being held at Technium 2 on Kings Road in SA1, between 9am and 5pm, will offer small and medium sized construction companies 20 to 30-minute time slots to meet with Kier to discuss working on the Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter project. The event is free and registration is advised to avoid disappointment. Companies can register or find out further information by emailing Kier.

UWTSD’s Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter Project Director Ray Selby said: “We are committed to ensuring our activity as a university delivers a range of economic, social and environmental benefits to our local communities. When awarding the contract to Kier we were clear that we would expect them to work closely with us to allow local contractors and suppliers to get involved. It is often difficult for local companies to get involved with projects of this size so it is great to see a major contractor like Kier working with us to source local companies to help them deliver this project.

 “We have been impressed by Kier’s proactive and collaborative approach to this contract. We look forward to continuing to establish a strong working partnership with them and other partner organisations involved in this major development for the region.”  

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.

A spokesperson for Kier said: “Kier are delighted to be working in partnership with UWTSD in an open and collaborative manner. We are focused on providing opportunities to new and existing supply chain members in Swansea and surrounding areas. We are keen to continue establishing strong partnerships with local organisations.”

Construction on Phase One of Swansea Waterfront Innovation will begin in Autumn 2016 to ensure the site is operational for the start of the academic year in 2018.