University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has appointed Kier Group Plc to deliver the initial phase of its new £300 million Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter in the city’s SA1 area.
The £26million contract to oversee the design and build of the first phase of UWTSD’s new waterfront development will create 25 local jobs and 250 apprenticeships as Kier collaborates with the University in its mission to ensure the community benefits from the scheme.
Phase One of the Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter will comprise the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering as well as a new Library building, with an approximate area of 12,200 sq m together with external public spaces.
An aerial view of the Swansea waterfront
Kier will work closely with the University to begin construction on Phase One in Autumn 2016 to ensure the site is operational for the start of the academic year in 2018.
Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor of UWTSD, said: “Appointing a design and construction delivery partner for the Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter brings us a step closer to realising our ambitious plans for both the University and the City Region following the approval of our plans by the City and County of Swansea in November.”
As Principal Contractors on the project, Kier will be responsible for setting up a collaborative working approach with all other contractors, including Stride Treglown who continue to be involved in the design process. As a result, Kier will be based in SA1 for the duration of the build.