VIDEO: £40m plan to transform Gower College Swansea for the future
DETAILS of Gower College Swansea's £40 million campus proposals have been unveiled.
The college is seeking funding to build on the Hill House Hospital site, Cockett.
If all goes to plan, five new buildings will take shape there.
They will house catering and hospitality, creative arts, sports and motor vehicle courses, and a sports barn.
In addition, the adjacent Tycoch campus will be refurbished and linked up to the re-developed site to create one 7.5-hectare campus.
College vice-principal Paul Harris said: "It is our vision for how we want to improve facilities for students.
"The governing body is behind it."
Mr Harris said the college had submitted an outline business case for the new campus to the Welsh Government in May and is requesting £20million from Cardiff Bay.
The other £20million would come from college reserves, the sale of the Llwyn y Bryn building on Walter Road, Uplands, and other grant sources.
Mr Harris and college facilities manager Colin Richards stressed that it was still early days. They said the Welsh Government funding would set everything else in train, and that it might come in stages.
Letters, meanwhile, have been sent out to around 300 nearby residents about the campus proposal.
An exhibition takes place at the Tycoch campus today, tomorrow and Thursday from 10am to 7pm. Staff will be on hand to answer questions from 4pm to 7pm each day.
The college snapped up the sloping Hill House Hospital site for £2.3 million from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and is in discussions with Coastal Housing to buy the raised section of adjacent land where the sports barn would go.
Mr Harris said college chiefs wanted the public to be able to use the barn and gym in the evenings, and that the 30-cover Vanilla Pod restaurant would relocate across from its current Tycoch campus home to the new development.
The outline masterplan indicates nine car parks at the new campus, separate entrances off Cockett Road and Tycoch Road and a pedestrian "spine" running pretty much the length of it.
The idea is to retain as much greenery as possible at the site, which includes an overgrown orchard and Welsh "champion" tree, and clean up a pond at the southern edge.The £40 million package includes an £8million refurbishment of the Tycoch campus.
Mr Harris said the college intended to submit an outline planning application to Swansea Council in the near future.
The aim is to take over the site from the health board on January 1 next year — but the college will maintain its Gorseinon campus and Kinsgway Centre presence in the city centre, and continue to run Sketty Hall.