Stride Treglown has submitted a planning application for the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) Waterfront Innovation Quarter masterplan in Swansea’s SA1 area, following public consultation led by Stride Treglown’s Director of Planning, Masterplanning and Urban Design, Graham Stephens, last week.
The masterplan for the Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter, and in particular to the south and west of the Prince of Wales Dock, will support a mixed use development comprising the University, commercial and serviced offices, research and development uses, restaurants, small scale retail, hotel and leisure facilities, residential accommodation and sports/recreation opportunities.
It has been designed to position UWTSD as the catalyst at the centre of renewed growth and prosperity, able to attract inward investment and encourage collaboration with commercial, enterprise, residential, and creative industry partners.
The University has been developing new, more efficient ways of delivering their academic strategies, culminated in a schedule of accommodation which incorporates a bespoke range of core, technical and flexible academic spaces totalling some 33,000m².
The scheme is designed to create a vibrant and attractive sense of place within a prime waterfront setting and with the Government’s green light to the Tidal Bay Lagoon, the emergence of the Bay Campus in the east and the proposed regeneration of the city centre, Swansea is facing a seismic shift in its ability to bring new life, jobs, learning and recreation opportunities to the region.
Proposals for development have been informed by numerous and ongoing collaborative design reviews and interactive workshops held by Stride Treglown with the Welsh Government, Design Commission for Wales, the Princes Foundation, the City and County of Swansea and the academic community within the university.
Commenting on the proposed development, Graham Stephens, commented:
“Stride Treglown and the University’s vision sees the masterplan as providing a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to create real transformational change, not only redefining the enterprise and innovation offer within the Swansea Bay City Region, but also complementing the related offer from other education providers in the City. It will cement the University as a catalyst for change and support both sustained economic growth and cultural engagement for the city of Swansea.”
Professor Medwin Hughes, UWTSD Vice-Chancellor, said:
“The Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter offers UWTSD a unique opportunity to create a new city university for Wales. Our development will not be another new University campus but will be a neighbourhood where people can live, learn, work and play.