Projects / Bay Campus, Swansea University

Bay Campus, Swansea University

With its original campus operating at full capacity, inhibiting growth and development, Swansea University embarked on an ambitious campus expansion programme.

Image © Swansea University
Image © Swansea University
Image © Swansea University

The Vision

The development of the new Science and Innovation Campus allows the University to enhance its reputation as a global centre of excellence for engineering research and materials technology, transforming its estate into a world-class research-driven exemplar university. 

The programme involved developing the new 65 acre campus to the east of the city and upgrading the existing estate at Singleton Park. The expansion co-locates university researchers with industry partners and relieves the constraints associated with the previous estate. The first phase of the new campus comprised of: 600 student accommodation units and seven academic buildings, including:

  • an Innovation Hub and Manufacturing facility,
  • teaching and research facilities for the College of Engineering and Schools of Business and Economics,
  • a Learning & Resource Centre library,
  • Student facilities such as an auditorium, retail, leisure and sports facilities, as well as a Great Hall, 
  • the Swansea Materials and Research Testing (SMaRT) Centre, providing a testing facility 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.

Click here to view a video of the new Bay Campus.

Our Role

Buro Four was initially employed as interim Project Manager for the campus development in September 2012. Having assisted the University in the conclusion of a contract to secure delivery of the campus by September 2015, we were subsequently appointed as the University’s Programme Manager to manage the coordinated delivery of the operational campus.

Our duties included managing the transition of the project from the feasibility to implementation stage, and establishing a plan for the delivery of the programme, including a Master Programme covering the construction, fit-out and occupation of the campus.

Operating from a base on site, we acted as the University’s representative, monitoring all aspects of project delivery, managing risk and administering change.

Key Information

Swansea University
400,000 sq ft
Hopkins Architects
Programme Manager:
Buro Four

Special Mention

The scope of Buro Four’s input in the negotiations reduced the University’s reliance on solicitors, generating a significant saving in fees.