St Modwen signs contract for $685 million educational facility in UK

UK-based St Modwen Properties Plc has signed a contract worth £450 million ($685 million) with Swansea University to deliver phase I of the New Science & Innovation Campus in Neath, UK.

The scope of work includes the regeneration of the existing Singleton Park Campus, as well as, the construction of the new campus.

The project involves development of approximately 33,750 square metres of space, which will accommodate the new Science and Innovation Campus of the university. The project will be developed on a brown-field post-industrial site in Swansea Bay.

The new campus will include Innovation Hub and Manufacturing Facility that will co-locate industry and College of Engineering research, which will house labs for disciplines ranging from nano-technology to sport sciences, as well as, a manufacturing facility.

The new campus will have teaching and research facilities for the College of Engineering and Schools of Business and Economics. The student facilities will include an auditorium, retail, leisure and sports facilities, Learning & Resource Centre library and associated resource facilities, student residences for 600 students.

The new campus will also include Swansea Materials and Research Testing (SMaRT) – materials testing centre, which will offer testing facilities for Rolls- Royce of new and existing materials that are used in the aerospace and aero engine industries, together with the data centre for the campus.

The masterplan for the project was developed by Porphyrios Associates, while UK-based Hopkins Architects is the architect for the project. The construction work on the project is scheduled to create about 4,000 direct jobs in the region.