Developer appointed to AHR Architects university research labs

UK developer Willmott Dixon has been appointed to build a new computer science facility for Swansea University.

The construction firm is working with AHR Architects on the building’s design.

The Computational Foundry, set to cost approx. £31m, will form a part of the university’s Bay Campus and serve as a hub for mathematics and computer science research.

Neal Stephens, managing director at Willmott Dixon construction in Wales and the West said:

“We’ve a proud track record in the education sector and are extremely pleased to have been chosen to construct this important building as part of Swansea University’s ambitious campus development programme.

“We’re looking forward to delivering an outstanding research and teaching facility that will benefit the university and Swansea City Region for generations to come.”

The building will provide over 7000 m² of accommodation across 6 floors. Facilities include a range of highly serviced lab spaces, academic offices, lecture halls and post graduate research hubs.

Backed by a £17m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), it will also feature world-leading experimental set-ups, equipment, devices and prototypes to accelerate innovation.

The building will be operational and welcome staff and students from September 2018.