Kier to build £26m Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter

Kier to build £26m Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter

Kier has been appointed by University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) to deliver the initial £26m phase of its new £300 million Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter.

The £26m contract to oversee the design & build of the first phase of UWTSD’s new waterfront development will also see the creation of 25 local jobs and 250 weeks of apprenticeship training, as Kier has collaborated with the University in its mission to ensure the community benefits from the scheme.

Kier will be responsible for managing the detailed and technical design of the University’s new buildings, as well as handling the entire construction process.

The 12,200sq m first phase of the Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter will comprise the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering and a new library building, together with external public spaces.

Working closely with the University, Kier will begin construction on Phase One in autumn 2016 to ensure the site is operational for the start of the academic year in 2018.

Jason Taylor, Kier operations director for South Wales, comments: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and our early involvement in the project helps us develop a true understanding of the University’s aspirations and challenges.”

As principal contractor on the project, Kier will be based in SA1 for the duration of the build and will be responsible for establishing a collaborative working approach with all other contractors, including Stride Treglown, which continues to be involved in the design process.