Swansea University appoints Kier to build new £30m research facility

WCN Editorial Team 8 Sep 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Swansea University has appointed Kier, a UK-based construction firm, to build its Centre for Integrative Semiconductor Materials (CISM), a research and innovation facility to support the growth of the semiconductor industry in the country.

The £30m, three-storey facility will be situated on Swansea University’s Bay Campus in its engineering quarter.

The new facility will span over 4,320m² in space and comprising 850m² clean rooms, laboratory research facility and offices.

For the project, Kier has committed to work with its local supply chain of which nearly 20% will come from the surrounding Swansea area.

The company had also stated that it aims to deliver a sustainable and energy-efficient building. It will also use renewable energy on the project, generated from solar PV and heat recovery.

Swansea University vice-chancellor Paul Boyle said: “It is exciting to see this major project reach another important milestone, especially during such difficult times.

“The CISM project is a reflection of South Wales’ strength in semiconductor technology, and a paradigm of how universities can work collaboratively and successfully with industry and government to create innovation-led economic growth for our region.”

Kier Regional Building Western & Wales operations director Jason Taylor said: “The Centre for Integrative Semiconductor Materials is set to be a vital building in aiding the growth of the semiconductor industry in the UK.

“We are delighted to have been appointed by Swansea University to deliver these state-of-the-art facilities which will be at the heart of its engineering quarter.

“This latest award builds on our relationship with Swansea University, having delivered the Impact building last year as well as a number of other refurbishment projects over the last five years.

“We will continue to work with our local supply chain to deliver this important project for the university.”

In July this year, Kier had secured 13 new school projects worth nearly £170m across England and Wales. The projects are in line with the Government’s mission to improve school buildings.

The new schemes include a combination of constructing new buildings and refurbishment projects, offering better facilities for more than 11,000 students.

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Artist’s rendering of the new CISM facility at Swansea University. (Credit: Kier Group PLC.)

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