The University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) ambitious plans to develop a Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter in the city’s SA1 development has taken a major step forward today following outline planning permission approval from the City and County of Swansea.
Outline planning permission has been granted for the multi-million pound project and Committee members praised the comprehensive nature of the master plan and UWTSD’s engagement and collaboration with key stakeholders.
Professor Medwin Hughes, UWTSD Vice-Chancellor, said: “The University would like to thank everybody who contributed to the public consultation period we conducted earlier this year. It generated widespread positive feedback and allowed us to submit what is a robust, and ultimately successful, master plan.
“The Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter offers UWTSD a unique opportunity to create a new city university for Wales. Our development will not simply be another new University campus but will be an integrated neighbourhood where people can live, learn, work and play.
“Working in partnership with the Welsh Government and the City and County of Swansea, the Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter will contribute to the ambition of developing a ‘Creative City Region’ strategy and will enhance Swansea’s credentials as a ‘City of Innovation’ serving the Swansea Bay City Region and beyond.”
As a major part of the University’s multi-million pound investment in Swansea, UWTSD has acquired sizable areas of the remaining development land in the SA1 Waterfront area. The master plan includes proposals to develop purpose-built facilities for learning, teaching and applied research as well as social, leisure and wider recreational spaces.
The Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter is an ambitious city development that will introduce a new innovative, inclusive and inspiring learning environment while connecting education with innovation and enterprise.
The Quarter will allow core student services, including student support and a Students’ Union, along with a library, sports and leisure facilities, which will sit alongside community and commercial amenities.
The University’s vision for this development will create a new beginning for SA1, grounded in the city’s heritage and driven by innovation. It will be made possible through collaboration and partnership with local communities, business and industry, the University’s staff and students, as well as the Welsh Government and the City and County of Swansea.
Following the City and County of Swansea’s outline approval for the use of the SA1 site, UWTSD will now start its detailed design of the first phase of the project that will be delivered by 2018. These designs will be submitted to the City and County of Swansea in Spring 2016 with the aim of construction work commencing in Autumn 2016.
Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: “The plans put forward by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David are hugely impressive. Together with Swansea University’s bay campus and plans for the world’s first tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay, these plans have the potential to help transform the Fabian Way and SA1 area into a knowledge economy cluster that will complement the city centre’s regeneration, create new jobs and boost Swansea’s profile as a city of academic expertise that’s at the forefront of new research, development and technology. Projects of this nature will help raise economic prosperity across the Swansea Bay City Region as a whole and develop spin-off benefits for local residents and visitors through the introduction of new facilities and improved infrastructure.”