Press Releases 2017

Local companies given the opportunity to be involved with the construction of Canolfan S4C Yr Egin

02.06.2017

Kier, the company awarded the contract to build the Canolfan S4C Yr Egin development in Carmarthen recently hosted an event for local sub-contractors and suppliers in a bid to encourage businesses in South West Wales to help them deliver the ambitious project.

Kier team

Canolfan S4C Yr Egin is an exciting creative and digital centre that will be based on the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s campus in Carmarthen.  This transformational development will also be home to S4C’s main headquarters as well as a number of companies and organisations working with the creative and digital industries.

Yr Egin will also be a centre that will be at the heart of the community providing opportunities for local people to enjoy the building and its resources - a cafe, auditorium and performance areas

Construction started in March with the centre on track to be completed by summer 2018. 

During the ‘Meet the Buyer’ event, over 30 small and medium sized construction companies attended the event to meet with Kier to discuss working on the Canolfan S4C Yr Egin project.

The free event, which was organised by Construction Futures Wales was publicised vis Sell2Wales and required companies to register their interest beforehand. 

Kier is responsible for the construction process of the new centre as well as managing the detailed technical design of the building.

Steve Langford, Kier

Ray Selby, Project Director of the Canolfan S4C Yr Egin development is keen to see as many local companies being part of the development and is delighted that Kier is working closely with both the University and S4C to ensure that the project generates wider benefits in the region throughout the construction period. 

“We are committed to ensuring our activity as a University delivers a range of economic, social and environmental benefits to our local communitieshe says.

“When awarding the contract to Kier we were clear that we would expect them to work closely with us to allow local contractors and suppliers to get involved. It is often difficult for local companies to access projects of this size so it is great to see a major contractor like Kier working with us to source local companies to help deliver this iconic building. 

“We are also pleased to be working with Kier on UWTSD’s SA1 Swansea Waterfront development, ensuring that our property developments in both Carmarthen and Swansea are having a wide reaching impact on the whole of the Swansea Bay City Region.”

Carla Jones, Community Engagement Manager for Kier was very pleased with the high level of interest shown by local businesses.

“Kier were delighted with the recent success of the Yr Egin Meet the Buyer event, supported by Construction Futures Wales,” says Carla.

“It was a great opportunity for the team to meet a range of potential subcontractors from the local area and we’re excited to work closely with some of these successful contractors on the project.”

The design of the Yr Egin – a c3,700 square metre building - has already received the support of the Design Commission for Wales with an internal layout that focuses around  a 3 storey central public atrium that acts as a building heartspace

There will be a specific focus on the broadcasting and performance on the ground floor of Yr Egin, with a range of offices for S4C and other partners on the other two floors. The University will also create new enterprise incubation units, offering tenant access to opportunities, facilities, events and industry networks.

Yr Egin

Further Information

 For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies by emailing sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk / 01267 676908 / 07449 998476