Swansea Waterfront development takes shape


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s new £300million SA1 Swansea Waterfront development is taking shape in the heart of the city. New facilities for the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, the Faculty of Education and Communities as well as new library facilities are being created at the prime waterfront location.

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 University’s portfolio, to further develop the skills of current businesses and attract new investment into the region.

UWTSD Vice-Chancellor Professor Medwin Hughes DL said: “This is 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.

The SA1 Swansea Waterfront Development will:

  • establish Centres of Excellence across different sectors which will deliver clear economic and commercial benefits to drive the regeneration of the city and region
  • build an integrated innovation and enterprise ecosystem which caters for knowledge transfer collaboration between industry and academia
  • drive social and economic development by providing companies with access to advice and support allied to technological capacity and know-how
  • provide high quality incubation space for companies, entrepreneurs and graduates
  • create a critical mass of expertise and technology which will attract new companies, partnerships and investment
  • provide opportunities for employee growth through a Centre for Continuing Professional Development
  • bring best practice to Wales and show the best of Welsh creativity and innovation
  • build on the extensive industrial links that exist across the University


Further Information

For further information, please email: press@uwtsd.ac.uk