Exciting year ahead for SA1 Swansea Waterfront development


2018 is going to be an exciting year for University of Wales Trinity Saint David as in September we will welcome our first students to SA1.

SA1 Swansea Waterfront Aerial

Now at Week 66, the first phase, providing a home for the faculties of architecture, computing and engineering, education and communities, as well as a new library, is 70 per cent complete. A video created by Behind The Lens Media, showcases the positive impact of the development on SA1.

Twenty-two new jobs have been created at the development, alongside opportunities for 12 apprentices and 17 work experience placements. 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.”

Note to Editor

 Full list of subcontractors working on SA1 Swansea Waterfront development

  • Neath company Cuddy Group - groundworks subcontractor
  • Swansea company Don Hayes -  concrete floor/frame subcontractor
  • Swansea company ‘AB Glass’ are the curtain walling / external windows subcontractor
  • Welsh company Nautilus - Academic Building roofing subcontractor
  • Welsh company Reussir -  Brickwork subcontractor
  • Welsh company Certus -  Screeding subcontractor
  • Welsh company Morgans of Usk Ltd - steel frame subcontractor
  • Welsh company Studwelders - metal decking subcontractor
  • Welsh company Whitehead Building Services - Mechanical and Electrical Subcontractor
  • Welsh company Richard Kemble Contracts Ltd - Steel Frame System Subcontractor and Partitions
  • British company Green Piling Ltd - piling subcontractor
  • British company Churngold - enabling works subcontractor
  • British company Fast Fence - fencing subcontractor
  • British company Otis - lift subcontractor

Further Information

Rebecca Davies

Swyddog Gweithredol Cysylltiadau â’r Wasg a’r Cyfryngau
Executive Press and Media Relations Officer
Cyfathrebu Corfforaethol a Chysylltiadau Cyhoeddus
Corporate Communications and PR

Tel: 01792 483695
Mobile: 07496 385597
Email: Rebecca.Davies@uwtsd.ac.uk