School children take centre stage as Swansea University and Willmott Dixon celebrate progress on new £31 million Computational Foundry with milestone event

On Monday 19th March, school children from Danygraig Primary presented a special artwork they have made for the Computational Foundry, which will be mounted within the walls of the construction as a ‘time capsule’ to mark their involvement with the Computational Foundry.

This event at Swansea University’s new Computational Foundry facility marked a significant milestone in the build programme.  The new BREEAM excellent project, which forms part of Swansea University’s £450 million Bay campus, is backed by £17.1 million from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, and is due to complete in September 2018.

Children from Danygraig School in Port Tennant took centre stage as they presented artwork that will be mounted within the fabric of the building, to leave their mark on the building that will last for generations to come.

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Representatives from Swansea University and Willmott Dixon were delighted to see the children again, after completing a local community legacy project together at Danygraig School, which saw the delivery of a number of improvements to help transform the facilities for the children, their families, and teaching staff.

Professor Matt Jones, Head of the College of Science, Swansea University, comments: ‘The Computational Foundry puts people first, making them the focus and drivers of digital innovation. Everything we do is about creating future computer systems and services that will help humans to flourish. The fantastic art work provided by the children will be a long-term reminder that our world-class researchers and student partners are here to work for and with the community to change the world for the better’

The event marks the completion of what is likely to be the largest precast brickwork façade in Wales, an accolade that saw the project shortlisted for two Offsite Awards.

Neal Stephens, MD for Willmott Dixon Wales and The West, said: ‘We are delighted to recognise this milestone with Swansea University; it is a testament to the strong relationship we have built together. It also wonderful to share the day with the children from Danygraig School, as I hope that they will directly benefit from this fantastic facility when they choose where to study in the future. As we continue to work closely with our design team and supply chain, I am confident that we will deliver a building that both Willmott Dixon and the University can be proud of.’