UWTSD welcomes Economy and Infrastructure Secretary to SA1 Swansea Waterfront
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was delighted to welcome Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates to its SA1 Swansea Waterfront today to mark the commencement of the building work for Phase 1. During his visit Ken Skates heard the University’s vision for SA1 Swansea Waterfront is to create a neighbourhood with academic activity at its core to attract companies to collocate with the University to exploit knowledge, develop skills, support existing companies and attract new investment into the region.
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was delighted to welcome Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates to its SA1 Swansea Waterfront today to mark the commencement of the building work for Phase 1.
During his visit Ken Skates heard the University’s vision for SA1 Swansea Waterfront is to create a neighbourhood with academic activity at its core to attract companies to collocate with the University to exploit knowledge, develop skills, support existing companies and attract new investment into the region.
The innovative development will include purpose-built facilities for learning, teaching and applied research, as well as social and recreational spaces for use by the University and wider community in the heart of the city centre.
New enterprise hubs will be created together with high skill accelerator schemes, to grow new businesses linked to the universities portfolio, to further develop the skills of current businesses and attract new investment into the region.
Phase 1 of the £300 million development, will see the creation of new facilities for the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, as well as new library facilities.
The Economy Secretary said: “I am delighted to be here for the start of this exciting development which has the potential to transform this part of Swansea. I am particularly impressed by University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s determination to engage with the business community and local people to ensure the benefits of this development are felt across the City.”
UWTSD Vice-Chancellor Professor Medwin Hughes, DL said: “We are delighted to welcome the Cabinet Secretary to note the commencement of the construction phase at SA1 Swansea Waterfront. It is extremely exciting to see the physical evidence of all the hard work that has been going on behind the scenes to get to this point. I would like to thank the Welsh Government and Swansea Council for their support in enabling UWTSD to realise its vision for this prime waterfront location. This is the first phase of a £300 million investment into the heart of Swansea. Our ambition for SA1 Swansea Waterfront links directly to the strategic priorities for the city and the region. As Swansea’s city University, we are working together to develop brand Swansea. A strong city is essential to establish a strong region and, as a University that has campuses across South West Wales, UWTSD is well place to deliver the connectivity needed to ensure that the benefits are manifest across the Swansea Bay City Region.”
Over the past 5 years, UWTSD has, and continues to invest over £100 million of its own resources into the heart of Swansea to provide opportunities for local people and companies to access high skills development in key priority areas for the region; and to utilize those skills for the benefit of the region. The University’s strategy links with the ambitions for the region by providing the support system and skills pipeline to deliver economic impact that will lead ultimately to jobs.
SA1 Swansea Waterfront, has already created new opportunities for two local students from UWTSD; Zoe Morgan and Rhys Williams, both of whom have been employed by Kier to work on SA1 Swansea Waterfront.
Zoe, from Briton Ferry, who is studying for a BSc Honours in Quantity Surveying, has been offered an Assistant Quantity Surveyor role. Zoe will be on day release whilst completing her final year of university and Rhys Williams, who is in the final year of a BSc (Hons) in Project and Construction Management, has been employed as a Graduate Design/Planner. He will also be on day release until he completes his final year of university.
Jason Taylor, Operations Director, Kier Construction, said: “It’s an exciting time for the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Swansea, driving the last remaining steel piles into the ground signifies that the building work has begun in earnest to form the substructure of the new Faculty of Computing, Architecture and Engineering building. The scheme itself will create opportunity for employing 25 local people and 250 apprenticeship weeks. In addition to this we have opened a new Swansea office located at Technium 2 on the ‘door step’ of The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD). The newly formed local team based from the office also includes two UWTSD students who have been appointed to work on this project and have a long term opportunity with Kier. I am extremely proud of my Welsh roots and delighted to see the commencement of key developments in and around the city as these will benefit the local economy and provide career opportunities for the people of Swansea and South Wales now and in the future.”
UWTSD is a regional university with campuses across South West Wales through our dual sector group structure, which includes Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion as constituent colleges. The University is in a unique position to deliver cutting edge applied learning as a continuum from further into higher education. ‘Place-making’ is at the heart of what we do at UWTSD; developing our campuses as impact hubs linking back into the city of innovation and ensuring that we respond to the economic and civic needs of our communities.