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Aerial view of ‘The College, Swansea University’ beachfront academic building at the Bay Campus

St. Modwen, the expert developer and regeneration specialist, has completed construction of new beachfront facilities for students of The College, Swansea University at Swansea University’s £450m Bay Campus one month ahead of schedule.

‘The College, Swansea University’ is a joint venture between Swansea University and Navitas, offering   academic pathways aimed primarily at international students, transforming them into Swansea University graduates and lifelong learners. This new purpose-built academic building at the Bay Campus provides 18 teaching rooms, computer labs and breakout areas for individual and small group studies as well as space for social and cultural activity, which will be used by all staff and students of the University.  There is also a new on-campus residential building nearby providing 411 en-suite bedrooms reserved specifically for students of The College.  Formerly based at the University’s Singleton Campus, The College will take up residence at its new Bay Campus facilities and will begin teaching there on 2nd October.

Construction of The College academic and residential buildings was overseen by the University’s development partner for the Bay Campus, St. Modwen, and work carried out by lead contractor, VINCI Construction UK.

Rupert Joseland, Property Director for St. Modwen West and Wales said: “The Bay Campus is one of our flagship UK developments where we have already delivered the first phase of over one million sq.ft of academic and recreational space on site.  Completion of The College, Swansea University is the next step as part of our long-term rolling programme of construction work at the Bay Campus which could see the site expand to over 2m sq ft within the next five years.”

Paul Norman, Operations Manager for VINCI Construction UK added: “The term ‘collaborative construction’ best describes the successful completion of The College at the Bay Campus five weeks ahead of schedule. Alongside our delivery partners – St. Modwen, the University, and Prosurv – and supported by design teams, statutory bodies and a skilled local workforce – it shows just what can be achieved when a project benefits from a collective can-do approach.”

Professor Iwan Davies, Swansea University Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor concluded: “Academic Pathways at Swansea University provide a route to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees for international students from over 100 countries.  These prestigious new facilities will help us further enhance our decade-long partnership with international education organisation, Navitas.  It will also enable us to provide a seamless learning experience for students from every corner of the globe as part of our ambition to cement our reputation as a world-class education provider.”