Press Releases 2014-2015

Plans for new university campus on SA1 Swansea Waterfront


Plans to create a vibrant new multi-million pound university campus in Swansea are underway following an agreement by the Welsh Government to sell six substantial development plots on SA1 Swansea Waterfront to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), formerly Swansea Metropolitan University.

SA1 Swansea

The announcement was made today (Monday January 20) by Economy Minister Edwina Hart who has also agreed the University can have an option to buy an additional nine development plots on SA1 , totalling 11.34 acres.

The newly merged institution has considered a number of options to consolidate its estate in Swansea and require a new, purpose built central campus within the city.

With its close proximity to the city centre the SA1 development has been identified by UWTSD as the ideal location to develop a new campus providing modern education and research facilities and recreational opportunities for students.

The University is also keen to work closely with businesses and develop links with the private sector through a range of initiatives from applied research through to incubation units and spin off business enterprises.

Economy Minister Edwina Hart said: "The vision for SA1 Swansea Waterfront has always been to create a dynamic new quarter – a real community with a range of local services and facilities and a place where people work and live.

"Plans for this new campus will contribute to the overall mixed use nature of this major regeneration scheme and should add vibrancy to the overall development. It will provide the University with the opportunity to develop modern purpose designed teaching facilities for students and staff and enable it to develop closer links with local businesses for the benefit of the economy."

Professor Medwin Hughes, UWTSD Vice-Chancellor, said: "We are grateful to the Welsh Government for its support in enabling the University to realise its vision for a new city university campus, bringing together and celebrating the excellent work that has been developed over the years by our Swansea Metropolitan campuses.

"This prime waterfront location in the heart of the city will transform the educational experience for staff and students. It will enable UWTSD Swansea to provide a vibrant city experience, connecting academia with innovation, enterprise, businesses and the community.

"The student experience is central to our plans. We will develop a range of innovation hubs in different disciplines bringing together the expertise and creativity of our staff. That is the University's commitment to transform education and by doing so, making a positive contribution to the Swansea Bay City region.

"We now look forward to working with the City and County of Swansea, as well as our own staff and students to develop the vision so that we will deliver a positive impact for Swansea, the wider region and for Wales."

The sale of the land is subject to the University achieving planning consent to create c800,000 – 1,000,000 sq ft of development incorporating educational facilities and supporting uses.

The first six sites to be sold cover c8.54 acres and the Welsh Government is retaining around eight acres of land for future commercial/office development as well as 2.5 acres of prime land fronting the River Tawe with views of the marina which is earmarked for residential development or restaurants, cafes or bars.

All development will be subject to an agreed masterplan and design brief for each site to ensure it integrates with the overall development and conforms to the existing SA1 development framework.

The Welsh Government were advised in the land transaction by property consultants DTZ whose senior director in South Wales, Rhys James, commented: "SA1 will undoubtedly provide UWTSD with a fabulous location for their new campus in Swansea in this unique, mixed-use waterside environment. We are experiencing very strong interest in SA1 and anticipate a number of projects will be announced within the coming months."

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