Swansea University Science & Innovation Campus
Swansea University’s Bay Campus is situated on a 65 acre former BP Transit site in Neath Port Talbot on the eastern approach into Swansea and has the distinction of being one of the few global universities with direct access onto a beach and its own seafront promenade. The Campus provides academic, student accommodation and research space, the latter being in a series of agreements with international and national companies.
Whilst development work will continue up until 2020, the majority of the works has been completed during this first phase of construction and was opened in September 2015.
Colleges based at the Bay Campus include the College of Engineering and the School of Management. Facilities include:
- the Tower Information Centre, home to central support services for students,
- a state of the art Bay Library,
- the Students’ Union,
- facilities and meeting rooms
There is an extensive catering provision throughout the campus including cafes, bars and a restaurant, retail units include a mini market, laundrette and cash points. All of this is in addition to recreational sporting facilities and a beach, for all to enjoy.
This multi-partner, public/private project is funded through a combination of University, Welsh Government, European Regional Development Fund through Welsh Government, The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, European Investment Bank and M&G Investments with St Modwen. Onsite contractors are Vinci Construction, Bouygues UK and Galliford Try.
The development promises to be one of the largest knowledge economy initiatives in Europe, supporting substantial economic renewal in South West Wales.