UK-based construction firm Willmott Dixon has started construction on the £31M computer science building part of Swansea University’s new £450M Bay Campus in Wales.
The new facility, named Computational Foundry, forms part of the University’s College of Science and is anticipated to be completed in summer 2018. It represents the next stage of the university’s plans to expand and develop facilities as part of its Campus Development strategy.
The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) offered £17M for the development of the Computational Foundry, which will feature research and development laboratories, postgraduate and researcher areas, specialist teaching and research facilities, lecture theatres, and networking and inspiration space.
Neal Stephens, managing director for Wales and the West at Willmott Dixon Construction, said: “We are extremely pleased to start construction of the Computational Foundry. Using our regional knowledge we will engage local companies, employment and apprentices to maximise the opportunities and benefits of this project.
“We are looking forward to delivering an outstanding research and teaching facility that will benefit the University and Swansea City Region for generations to come.”
Professor Richard Davies said: "The Computational Foundry will be a world-class centre for research within the heart of our magnificent science and innovation Bay Campus, transforming Swansea and Wales as a global destination for computational and mathematical scientists. It will also provide the most up-to-date and high-quality teaching facilities.
"The project is a key component of the strategic plans for the Swansea Bay City Region and will help turn the region into a global destination for computational scientists and IT companies.”
* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.