Swansea Marine innovation quarter

Fri, 13 November 2015

The UK’s University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) ambitious plan to develop a Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter in the city’s SA1 development has taken a step forward.

Outline planning permission has been granted for the multi-million project by Swansea Council’s Planning Committee meaning the project can now proceed to the design stage.

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: "The plans put forward by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David are hugely impressive. 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."

The Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter offers not only the unique opportunity to create a new city university for Wales but also an integrated neighbourhood where people can live, learn, work and play.

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 quarter will allow for core student services, including student support and a Students’ Union, along with a library, sports and leisure facilities sitting alongside community and commercial amenities.

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 in Autumn 2016.

Source: Anne-Marie Causer;

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