Find out more about the developments on Singleton Campus, as part of our Campus Development programme, which began in 2010.
The Data Science building is an addition to the Medicine School's Institute of Life Science 1 and 2 buildings. It opened in summer 2015 and brings two exciting Centres of Excellence together under one roof – the £9.3 million Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research and the new £8 million Administrative Data Research Centre Wales (ADRC Wales), enabling researchers to work together to unleash the potential of large-scale data to conduct powerful new research.
The 2900sqm research facility is made possible by the funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Welsh Government, will continue the innovative design and build processes utilised in ILS 1 & 2 and is certified BREEAM Excellent (BRE Environmental Assessment Method), adding to the University’s commitment to a sustainable estate.
The vision behind the Data Science building is to create a world-class centre in eHealth and administrative data research, training and development through powerful, robust, state of the art data linkage and analysis facilities. This preeminent interdisciplinary building will act as a hive of innovation, allowing researchers and staff from the NHS and industry to work together on cutting-edge data science, whilst protecting privacy.
Public engagement will be a strong focus of the work to ensure that the benefits of this type of research are acceptable and visible. The collaboration will drive the production of novel informatics solutions to underpin the delivery of better and more targeted services and treatments for NHS patients, and wider public benefits.
ILS2 is sited on ABM University NHS Trust land and managed by Swansea University. The key departments co-located within the facility are:
- Centre for Nano Health (CNH): this newly formed Department concentrates on creating products which combine Nano Engineering with Biological applications.
- Clinical Research Unit (CRU): researches innovative medical treatments to common illnesses.
- Chiral Department: research into effective methods of dissemination of medical information.
- Scanning Department: advanced MRI and CAT scanning research facilities.
- Office “Incubation” units: rental office spaces for selected companies working in the area of Life Science
As part of a long-term strategy to refurbish Fulton House, the following improvements have been made: Conversion of former Catering Services and Conference Services Officers offices to new office space and main toilets serving Fulton House;
- Replacement of waterproof covering, insulation and upstands to the main roof;
- Refurbishment of west link bridge;
- Provision of new informal study areas and replacement of furniture in Refectory;
- Conversion of former third-floor dining rooms and provision of new lobbies – creating new teaching space for 380 students;
- Development of new 200sqm retail space, new coffee shop and a small retail outlet;
- Conversion of the former health centre to new Student Advice Centre;
- Refurbishment of the communal area on the ground floor
- Purpose built reception facility in the ground floor entrance, to provide a focal point for visitors to Fulton House.
- Refurbishment of the south-east ground floor to match the previously redeveloped south west of the building.
- Recladding the entrance canopy.
- Rehousing the security control office to ensure the safety and security of the thousands of students, staff and visitors who use the Singleton Park Campus.
The Faraday lecture building underwent a £2.75 million transformation in 2012.
The existing façade around the entire building was be replaced with a contemporary, coloured glass curtain wall and cladding system, adding some much-needed vibrancy to the main campus thoroughfare.
The Grade II listed building was constructed in two phases between 1953 and 1961. By 2012 the building was in need of a comprehensive refurbishment to provide flexible and functional teaching and research space, improved opportunities for the provision of social space, maximise space utilisation within the context of a largely cellular building and improve the student experience as a result.
The Grove Building is the main base for the Swansea University Medical School. Due to changing teaching requirements, new technology and increased student numbers, a programme of adaptations and refurbishment was necessary and this was carried out over two phases.
The 2010 refurbishments comprised installing aluminium double glazed windows, the conversion of an old store into a postgraduate common room and the conversion of a redundant laboratory into teaching staff offices.
The 2011 works comprised the refurbishment of toilets throughout the building, redecoration of common areas, the conversion of a former laboratory into a clinical skills teaching area, and the conversion of another laboratory into a medical lecture room.
Colourful, hard wearing but inexpensive finishes have been used to enhance the environment for students and staff.
The £2million Student Learning and Creativity Zone will enhance the student experience by offering students a flexible space in which they can study, learn, explore, meet and create activities – individually or through groups and societies.
Based on the ground floor of the Taliesin building on Singleton campus, the refurbishment will maximise space and light with the introduction of fixed and moveable furniture, with partition screens allowing for the creation of flexible meeting and learning spaces. Bookable spaces and individual study areas will also be available.
The Student Learning and Creativity Zone is due for completion early 2018.
Natural Resources Wales (NRW), are the Government advisors on environmental and ecological policy.
NRW's Analytical Services facilities will be based at Swansea University's Faraday building from February 2017. The facility services the research and environmental monitoring needs of what was the Environment Agency, the Countryside Council for Wales, and the Forestry Commission.
At the new laboratory, staff will continue to carry out essential environmental analysis work such as monitoring where there may be problems, testing the quality of the water from our beaches and investigating incidents of illegal waste sites and pollution.
The new laboratory will not only accommodate current needs and future growth for NRW, but offer unlimited opportunities for joint research ventures between NRW and Swansea University.
Co-locating the laboratory service within the academic sector and expanding its services will bring greater economic benefits to South West Wales. It will also offer a better and a wider range of services to NRW and potential customers throughout the UK and beyond.