UWTSD launches public consultation for multi-million pound Waterfront development

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has launched a period of public consultation in order to inform the next planning stages of the Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter, which will be established in the SA1 area of the city.

13th March 2015

As a major part of the University’s investment in Swansea, UWTSD has acquired sizable areas of the remaining development land in the SA1 Waterfront area.  Following an exploration period involving looking at ideas and potential development, UWTSD is now sharing its vision with the public. It includes proposals to develop purpose-built facilities for learning, teaching and applied research as well as social, leisure and wider recreational spaces.

Those who would like to share their views about the University’s plans can do so on the following dates:

Where When
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea 25 February to 2 March, 10am to 5pm daily
Village Hotel, Swansea 19 March, 8am to 6pm
St Stephens Church, Port Tennant, Swansea 26 March, 12pm to 6pm
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea 1 April to 7 April, 10am to 5pm

The Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter is an ambitious, innovative, city development that will become a neighbourhood rather than a campus - reinventing and rethinking the university experience for the 21st Century.Alternatively, the plans are available online and feedback can be submitted via the University’s website, at any time, up until 8th April, www.uwtsd.ac.uk.

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

“UWTSD is proud to be forging a new future for itself and the city in SA1,” says Professor Medwin Hughes, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.  “This is a large scale project that will deliver a new kind of university, bringing fresh ideas, developing new collaborations, and breathing new life into the city.

“UWTSD investing in a collective future - the future of the University, the city, of regional enterprise, and of vibrant communities.  We will create a new University experience – drawing on a long and proud history, and forging a dynamic future based on creativity, innovation and enterprise.

“This is a project for the University, the city, the region and its people. Therefore we have voluntarily decided to undertake a public consultation in order for us to gather feedback at this very early stage in the development.”

UWTSD’s Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter will rethink the very nature of how universities work and function.  The plan is to create a new presence for the University that will be a part of the city, evolving to meet the needs of a shared community of learners; of businesses and institutions, and of communities.

Its aim is to revive this once thriving docklands and waterfront, forging a range of new connections between learning and enterprise; research and industry; government and education; and between the University and the community.  The public consultation will allow these key stakeholders to have their say and help shape the future of the Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter.

Note to Editor

  • For more information please contact Steven Stokes, Principal Corporate Communications and PR Officer on 07872 423788 steven.stokes@uwtsd.ac.uk
  • The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  • The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  • On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014

Further Information

For more information please contact Steven Stokes, Principal Corporate Communications and PR Officer on 07872 423788 email