22 new jobs created at SA1 and £18.5 million injected into local economy


Twenty-two new jobs have been created at UWTSD’s new £300 million SA1 Swansea Waterfront development, alongside opportunities for 12 apprentices and 17 work experience placements

The construction of UWTSD’s new waterfront development has been underway for 15 months and is due to be completed by September 2018 when the first intake of students will arrive.

The development will provide a home for the faculties of architecture, computing and engineering, education and communities, as well as a new library. With a total of 22 welsh subcontractors working on the project, to date £18.5million worth of contracts have been secured by Wales-based businesses.

Fifty University educational engagements have been held at the site, with the latest event organised by Careers Wales and Kier Construction, aimed at teaching construction skills in a live working environment to year 11 pupils at local comprehensives.

UWTSD is dedicated to creating a community of staff and students across all its campuses who support sustainability through social, economic, cultural and environmental responsibility. The SA1 buildings will be BREEAM Excellent, featuring renewable technologies such as Solar Photovoltaics and taking a green approach to water conservation, through use of rainwater harvesting and waterless urinals.

Landscaping will utilise local tree species and there will be exemplar quality cycle storage provision.

Significant emphasis has been placed on procuring local contractors and using a local supply chain during construction. A range of local sub-contractors have been employed to work on the waterfront development by Kier Construction, who have been appointed to oversee phase one of the development. These include Swansea-based AB Glass who are providing the windows and glazing; Nautilus, the Academic Building roofing subcontractor; Reussir for the brickwork and blockwork, and Certus, the screeding subcontractor.

This support also includes the commitment to the use of British steel in the design of the building frame. In addition, the company is providing a range of job opportunities, apprenticeships and work placements linked to the construction work.  Such opportunities are being provided for the University’s students across its campuses in Swansea, Lampeter and Carmarthen and particularly students of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering who are gaining first hand-experience of a live construction project.  In addition, the company is keen to support community and civic projects linked to the development.

UWTSD SA1 Project Manager Mike Bessell said: “The University continues to be committed to not only creating exemplar quality teaching and learning facilities, but also to ensuring the project contributes positively to environment and economic sustainability. The use of green technologies within the buildings reinforce this commitment, with the installation of the solar panels already complete. The economic achievements of the project to date are astounding, with many local companies securing contracts, and jobs created for both University graduates and the wider community.”

Howard Monsen senior project manager, Kier Construction Western and Wales said: "Kier is delighted to be contributing towards this vital project that is having such a positive impact on employment and education in the region. Kier has a long-standing record of commitment of recruitment and training in the industry, with a bespoke training classroom, designed for students from local schools, universities and surrounding colleges to experience real challenges and rewards of working within the construction industry.  On the SA1 project so far, we have created 22 jobs, 3 graduate schemes, 12 apprenticeships and 17 work experience placements.

“It’s vital that we continue to exceed our community targets, we will  be working closely with our supply chain and local community to provide upskilling and recruitment opportunities for now and the future”.

Other developments planned for the site include an exciting box village initiative, which will covert shipping containers to provide flexible, affordable space for start-up companies. It will be enhanced through the City Deal and will further contribute to the other innovative schemes planned across Swansea.

Eight acres of the site have been set aside for the creation of the new academic development, with the remaining 15 acres earmarked for residential and commercial uses, with the possibility of incorporating the university’s tenanted commercial properties within the waterfront area.

Further Information

Rebecca Davies

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Corporate Communications and PR

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