Build­ing for fu­ture with cam­pus ex­pan­sion plan

South Wales Evening Post - - LETTERS - ROBERT DALLING @Robert­dalling • 01792 545545 [email protected]­di­awales.co.uk

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.

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