Building for future with campus expansion plan
SWANSEA University is about to expand its Bay Campus once again.
Swansea Council has been asked to approve plans for two applications which would further transform the new Fabian Way campus, which specialises in engineering.
It would be further developed into the new home for law education under the new plans, if an outline application is granted permission by the authority.
There are also plans to construct two multi-use games areas with third generation (3G) artificial grass and a basketball court. The current law school is based at the Singleton Campus and the plans to relocate, as the pre-application submitted for the university by Porphyrios Associates states, is in response to “Swansea University recognising an opportunity to reinvent legal education in Wales”.
“The university intends to position themselves at the forefront of legal and criminology research, external engagement, along with the delivery of commercial services and professional training,” the application states.
“The college has ambitious growth plans and regards the new College of Law and Criminology as an integral part of achieving this growth.
“The new law school will provide world-class facilities for students, staff and partners from the public and private sectors. The ambition of the college is to deliver education and research that equips the student and staff with the skills and experience necessary to understand the changing legal landscape.”
It would be built on the spot where there is currently a temporary multiuse games area, which sits there having been given permission by Neath Port Talbot Council for its temporary erection for five years.
The plan is now to relocate and build a new area to the west of its present location, on the opposite side of the International College which has recently been completed, and create a permanent home for the facilities.
It would consist of two 3G artificial grass pitches and a basketball court, along with associated pedestrian links and landscaping, a storage building and lighting.
It would predominantly be used by staff and students for football, tag rugby, lacrosse, hockey and Frisbee from Monday to Friday, 5am to 10pm, and Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays between 9am and 6pm.
“The proposals will assist in meeting staff and student recreation needs on site and therefore reduce the need to travel to other university facilities,” the planning application, submitted by the university on behalf of Savills, adds.
An artist’s impression of how the new law building could look at Swansea University’s Bay Campus.