Now at Week 66, the first phase, providing a home for the faculties of architecture, computing and engineering, education and communities, as well as a new library, is 70% complete.
Twenty-two new jobs have been created at the development, alongside opportunities for 12 apprentices and 17 work experience placements. With a total of 22 welsh subcontractors working on the project, to date £18.5million worth of contracts have been secured by Wales-based businesses.
The SA1 buildings will be BREEAM Excellent, featuring renewable technologies such as Solar Photovoltaics and taking a green approach to water conservation, through use of rainwater harvesting and waterless urinals.
Landscaping will utilise local tree species and there will be exemplar quality cycle storage provision. Significant emphasis has been placed on procuring local contractors and using a local supply chain during construction.
The economic achievements of the project to date are astounding, with many local companies securing contracts, and jobs created for both University graduates and the wider community
A range of local sub-contractors have been employed to work on the waterfront development by Kier Construction, who have been appointed to oversee phase one of the development. These include Swansea-based AB Glass who are providing the windows and glazing; Nautilus, the Academic Building roofing subcontractor; Reussir for the brickwork and blockwork, and Certus, the screeding subcontractor.
This support also includes the commitment to the use of British steel in the design of the building frame. In addition, the company is providing a range of job opportunities, apprenticeships and work placements linked to the construction work. Such opportunities are being provided for the University’s students across its campuses in Swansea, Lampeter and Carmarthen and particularly students of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering who are gaining first hand-experience of a live construction project. In addition, the company is keen to support community and civic projects linked to the development.
“The University continues to be committed to not only creating exemplar quality teaching and learning facilities, but also to ensuring the project contributes positively to environment and economic sustainability,’ said UWTSD SA1 Project Manager Mike Bessell.
“The use of green technologies within the buildings reinforce this commitment, with the installation of the solar panels already complete. The economic achievements of the project to date are astounding, with many local companies securing contracts, and jobs created for both University graduates and the wider community.”