Framework in place for uni's second campus
STEEL frames are rising from the ground at Swansea University's second campus.
Contractor Vinci Construction UK is behind five new academic buildings and 11 concrete-framed student blocks at the former BP site, off Fabian Way.
Vinci Construction project director Jerry Williams said another firm, Leadbitter, was constructing two other academic buildings at the site as the £200 million first phase of the Science and Innovation Campus powers forward.
The residential units will house 900 students — and the campus is expected to open in September 2015. It is expected the university will start fitting out the buildings as and when they are ready in the run-up to the opening date.
Mr Williams said Vinci Construction began on site in the middle of May and has now completed a substantial amount of foundation work.
"We will start doing the concrete frames for the student residential (blocks) in a couple of months' time," he said.
"We expect to peak with 500 staff on site altogether."
BP donated the land as part of a legacy. The site is owned by regeneration firm St Modwen, which also owns the nearby Coed Darcy urban village site.
The new campus will feature an Engineering Manufacturing Centre (EMC), housing state-of-the-art facilities. It will enable the university to carry out research and development, particularly through projects with industry.
There is also the SMaRT building — a purpose-built materials testing and research facility part-sponsored by Rolls Royce — an innovation hub, resource centre, lecture halls and the College of Business and Economics.
A university spokeswoman said it was too early to give any timescale for the second phase of the project.