The new £450 million Science and Innovation Campus at Swansea University has officially opened for the new term. Almost 5,000 students and 1,000 staff will be based at the new campus including the University’s College of Engineering and School of Management.
Stride Treglown has undertaken a number of the new build projects the College of Engineering including the Engineering East home to the Swansea Bay Innovation Hub, Engineering Central home to the Engineering Manufacturing Centre, the Institute of Structural Materials Building and Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI). The four principal Engineering buildings house advanced research facilities, including Nanotechnology laboratories, Clean rooms, Wind tunnel, jet cat engine, metrology and laser scanning lab, flight simulator, Rheology lab, specialist coatings labs, weathering and degradation lab, spectroradiometer labs, CNC workshops, as well as standard wet and dry chemical labs.
The 3970m² Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI), which combines world-class research and faculty with flexible lecture facilities and general teaching space, received an Outstanding BREEAM rating and forms the centrepiece of Swansea University’s research into renewable and alternative energy production.
Stride Treglown led two separate consultant teams to deliver the Engineering East and Central on time and to budget. The design intent of the original consented scheme has been delivered with the aesthetic intact.
Pierre Wassenaar, Regional Director at Stride Treglown commented:
“The Stride Treglown team had to guide the project through various hurdles including contaminated land, a breakneck programme, BREEAM requirements and a 30m wave tank, so we are very pleased that, after 2 years of work, the ESRI design has delivered on all levels and is now operational.”