First look at new Swansea University campus
THESE new pictures give a taste of what Swansea University's new campus could look like when it is completed.
The computer-generated graphics illustrate the university's proposed new campus on Fabian Way.
The images show the engineering hub, the learning and resources centre as well as the new clock tower on the student residences.
The proposed science and innovation campus is expected to cost £500 million to build and will transform the former BP site.
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The new campus will focus on science, engineering, technology, mathematics and business, as well as including new student accommodation.
And the scheme is expected to bring in £37 million to the economy — potentially creating 11,000 new jobs.
The scheme was unanimously approved by Neath Port Talbot Council planners back in February and has been seen as a major coup for the area.
Neath Port Talbot councillor Harry Bebell said he was very impressed by the look of the development which he said will be a "jewel" for the area. Mr Bebell said: "It's going to improve the area but we will have to see what happens with the traffic increase.
"They've got a good road system plan set up so there shouldn't be any bother with that.
"We've got to protect the village so that it doesn't became a student village but there's accommodation for about 4,000 students on site.
"But the university itself will be a jewel for the area."
Mr Bebell said everybody he had spoken to in the area approved of the new campus.
"Out of the people I've spoken to they have all been 100 per cent for it," he said.
"When you think of the employment it will generate it is totally amazing.
"I know lots of them will be academics but there will also be the service people who go and clean and work in shops."
The new campus will join the university's existing main Singleton campus on Oystermouth Road.
The current campus will remain in its location, with the new site becoming the hub for the university's science work.
The new development has been welcomed by councillors in Neath Port Talbot who hope it will give the whole area an economic boost — although Swansea Council originally objected to the plans claiming the site was "in the middle of nowhere".
One other site previously considered for the university was at Delta Lakes in Llanelli.
The science and innovation campus will be used for academic, research and development, with Rolls Royce among a number of private companies set to be involved.
There will be room for accommodation for up to 4,000 full-time students — with as many as 5,100 based at the campus in total.
There will be 900 university staff and another 150 to 200 people involved in the industrial and research and development side.