The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) was formed on 18 November 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College Carmarthen, under Lampeter’s Royal Charter of 1828. On the 1 August 2013, Swansea Metropolitan University became part of UWTSD. The University is now working on two new exciting projects.
The SA1 Swansea Waterfront development will be situated in the city’s SA1 development, a vibrant, modern waterfront location with easy access to the city centre. The intention is to establish purpose-built facilities for learning, teaching and research as well as social, leisure and recreation space. Focusing on sustainability, buildings will be designed and constructed in a visually pleasing and sustainable way, with green spaces being developed to create an inspiring social environment.
The development will combine existing presence of UWTSD in SA1 with the Technium One and Two buildings, which are currently used for commercial purposes, and will be connected to the city’s Cultural Quarter (which includes UWTSD’s Dynevor Centre for Art, Design and Media and the ALEX Design Exchange) on Alexandra Road.
The vision will be delivered in partnership with the Welsh Government and the City and County of Swansea, with the aim of further defining Swansea as a City of Innovation by establishing a range of impact hubs in identified priority areas. These will deliver clear economic and commercial benefits to attract new companies, partnerships and investment and therefore create a critical mass of expertise.
UWTSD will also create an integrated innovation and enterprise system to facilitate collaboration and knowledge transfer between industry and academia. The system will be designed to encourage the integration of worldwide best practice with the best of Welsh creativity and innovation, thereby contributing significantly to the regeneration of the city and the wider region.
In addition, the partnership will support UWTSD in fulfilling a core mission to improve access to higher education and provide skills development that is relevant to local communities and employers. The aim is to ensure that, by enhancing the employability of graduates, UWTSD fulfil the potential to contribute significantly to economic regeneration in the Swansea Bay City Region.
Work has also started on the Canolfan S4C Yr Egin development– an exciting creative and digital centre that will be based on the University’s Carmarthen Campus.
The ambitious and transformational development that will be home to S4C’s main headquarters as well as a number of companies and organisations working with the creative and digital industries. The development will transform and shape the creative and digital industries in South West Wales and beyond. It 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 stages.
The design of the 3,700 square metre building has received the support of the Design Commission for Wales with the internal layout of the building focused around a public foyer and atrium that overarches the three floors. There will be a specific focus on the broadcasting and performance on the ground floor, with a range of offices for S4C and other partners on the other two floors. The University will create new enterprise incubation units, offering access to opportunities, facilities, events and industry networks.
Canolfan S4C Yr Egin’s design team is a partnership between the Rural Office for Architecture (ROA), a company based in Newcastle Emlyn, and BDP (Building Design Partnership), an international company of architects, engineers and designers, with local architect, Niall Maxwell leading on the project.
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David are working with regional construction company Kier Group Plc as the main contractor, who will be responsible for managing the detailed and technical design of the building as well as the construction process for the new centre.
As part of the competitive procurement process, Kier made a number of commitments to work with the University and S4C to ensure that the project generates wider economic benefits in the region during the construction phase of the development.
Such commitments include a pledge to support the economy through the use of local suppliers and sub-contractors, where feasible, and the company has already undertaken a ‘meet the buyer’ event to advertise opportunities. This support also includes the commitment to the use of British steel in the design of the building frame In addition, the company will providing a range of job opportunities, apprenticeships and work placements linked to the construction work. Such opportunities will be provided for the University’s students across its campuses in Carmarthen, Lampeter and Swansea and particularly students of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering who will gain first hand-experience of a live construction project. In addition, the company is keen to support community and civic projects linked to the development.