Swansea Waterfront University Campus Plans
Plans for multi-million pound university campus in Swansea have been confirmed today. The announcement follows the decision of the Welsh Government to sell six development plots on SA1 Swansea Waterfront to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), formerly Swansea Metropolitan University. Economy Minister Edwina Hart has also given the university 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. The sale of the land is subject to the university achieving planning consent to create 800,000 – 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.