Master-planning a campus extension
Our work began with an initial site analysis of the college’s 3.9ha Tycoch Campus in Swansea which looked at a number of disposal options, should the campus be relocated to the city centre. One option even included the suitability of the campus for conversion to a secondary school. The college made the decision to stay, and we were appointed to lead the multi-disciplinary team that undertook a site appraisal of adjoining land to the north of the campus. Our feasibility study developed a comprehensive master-plan for around 12,000sqm of FE accommodation and associated traffic and infrastructure upgrades.
Proposals include a new sports teaching space and facilities, an expanded engineering facility, new catering and hospitality, creative arts and technology buildings and multi-storey car park. We then created an amalgamated master-plan including restructuring and refurbishment of the existing Tycoch campus. This involved a full landscape treatment, traffic analysis, geotechnical appraisal and planning consultancy for a phased development of the complete site integrated with modifications and improvements to the existing buildings.
We supported our analytical studies with 3D massing diagrams, which helped establish commitment from the planning authority for educational use and redevelopment of the site for the scale of building required. The £40 million scheme was carefully developed through a briefing process with the College which resolved the area needed and the type of teaching accommodation to be considered. The study was well received by the client and is now progressing to outline and detailed planning stages.
Building Condition and Planned Maintenance Survey
The Swansea and Gorseinon Colleges comprise 30 buildings ranging from the listed Victorian Sketty Hall to some recent 21st century construction on the Gorseinon campus.
Stride Treglown was appointed to survey all the properties prior to their amalgamation into Gower College. The brief was to report regarding condition, using the standard RICS/ DFES condition codes, advise re statutory compliance, and to provide a costed forward maintenance plan for the following ten-year period. This commission was required at very short notice and was completed to a very tight timescale.