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Wernick Buildings: Down by the bay

Swansea University’s new £4.9m teaching facility is its second modular building from local company Wernick Buildings

Students are now fully settled into a stunning, new, two-storey, 2,600m² building on the sought-after, beach-facing Bay Campus.

Completed in just 28 weeks, the H-shaped structure offers eight spacious teaching areas for up to 2,000 students, and space for the Students’ Union. The comprehensive interior fit-out includes folding partitions to create flexible spaces, lecture suites, PC labs and quiet zones.

The building, officially named Y Twyni (meaning The Burrows) after student consultation, was procured through Fusion 21’s Education and Modular Buildings Framework, and was built ‘offsite’, using the latest innovations in modular design and build.

Modules were manufactured in a quality-controlled factory environment in Port Talbot – 13 miles from the Bay Campus – in six weeks, with ground works on campus taking place simultaneously. The modules were then craned into place to form a complete building.

While the principal driver of a modular solution is time, the method presents a range of environmental benefits too. For example, up to 90% fewer vehicles arrive on site and less waste for landfill is produced at each stage of the build. Concrete and plaster use are significantly reduced, as are CO2 emissions from on-site generators.

Wernick utilised their latest modular system – Swiftplan®. As well as ensuring building efficiency, the system allows for greater versatility for the addition of architectural features. In the case of Y Twyni, these include curtain walling, which provides open, sun-drenched areas and rain screen cladding, which gives the exterior a contemporary feel.

Swiftplan’s® industry-leading, non-combustible wall-panelling system will ensure an extra level of safety, and a hybrid natural ventilation system will provide a comfortable environment for occupants.

The innovative structure sits alongside a range of pioneering buildings on the campus, including the UK’s first energy-positive office – the ‘Active Office’, delivered by Wernick in 2018.

For more information, please visit www.wernick.co.uk

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