Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD Praise Public for Consultation Input

24.07.2015

During a series of events for businesses and the local communities, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) will highlight the important role that the public has played in the planning of its Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter in the city’s SA1 development.

‌A fly-through animation (see below) is also being premiered during the events, which are taking place at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea throughout today (Friday 24 July).

Professor Mike Phillips, UWTSD Pro Vice-Chancellor, said: “Today’s events present us with an opportunity to say thank you to everybody who contributed to the public consultation period we conducted earlier this year. It generated widespread positive feedback, with SA1 described as a great location in which to do business, attract investors and help energise the economy.

“Since the consultation, a number of changes have been made to the masterplan. In broad terms the overall concept is in line with what we presented pre-consultation. However, there has been ongoing extensive work to evaluate specific details of the proposals. This has included discussions relating to the feel and character of the development, the impact the scheme will have on the surrounding highways network, revised strategies for car parking, access and movement, and long-term flexibility for the UWTSD and its future partners.”

A summary of the proposed changes is as follows:

  • Revised building layouts and access.
  • A second tall building at the southern tip of the Peninsula.
  • Omission of student accommodation in the East End.
  • More detailed proposals on how the streets and spaces will work and feel.

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.

The long term goal is to create a Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter that will be situated in a vibrant, modern waterfront location with easy access to the city centre. Its key aims will be to:

  • Support and enhance the student experience
  • Contribute to the viability and ongoing sustainability of the University
  • Stimulate investment and economic benefits to Swansea, the Swansea Bay City Region and beyond
  • Provide opportunities for diversifying income streams as the University maximises its engagement with the private sector
  • Establish a substantial University presence in the SA1 Waterfront area by 2018

Professor Mike Phillips added: “The Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter offers UWTSD a unique opportunity to create a new city university for Wales. Our development will not be another new University campus but will be a 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’.”

Further Information

For more information please contact Steven Stokes, Principal Corporate Communications and PR Officer, on 01792 483695 / 07872 423788 or email steven.stokes@uwtsd.ac.uk.