Vinci Construction UK has secured a contract from property developer St. Modwen to deliver the first phase of a £450m Science and Innovation Campus at Swansea University in Wales.
As per the deal, Vinci will construct a 65,000m² development on the shore front of Swansea Bay.
Plans also include construction of over 25,000m² of academic space and 899 student apartments, along with associated retail space, highway works and on site infrastructure.
The academic part of the campus will involve construction of low rise buildings featuring both R&D facilities and teaching space.
Vinci said the student residences are in traditionally styled collegiate blocks arranged in courtyard configurations, including an eight-storey tower with views across the bay.
After completion, phase one will feature undergraduate teaching and research facilities for the university’s College of Engineering and Schools of Business and Economics.
Phase one will also feature student facilities including an auditorium, retail, leisure and sports facilities as well as Learning & Resource Centre library and associated resource facilities.
The scheme, which received planning permission in December 2012, has been designed in line with the BRE’s Environmental Assessment Method.
Preparatory work has already started on site, while work in the first phase is expected to be completed in September 2015.
The campus is being constructed on St Modwen’s 65-acre transit site, part of a 2,500 acre portfolio acquired from BP four years ago.
Swansea University said that in developing the plans for the Science and Innovation Campus, it has worked with the Welsh Government, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and City and County of Swansea.
The university is currently in discussions regarding phase two of the development.
Image: The Science and Innovation Campus is planned to be constructed on St Modwen’s 65-acre transit site. Photo: Courtesy of Swansea University.