Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) Receives Full Planning Consent June 2014

Energy Safety Research Institute, Swansea

After a negotiated consent involving the Local Authority and the Prince’s Foundation, our BREEAM Outstanding Energy Safety Research Institute at Swansea University’s Bay Innovation and Science Campus has formally received full planning consent.

Our team had to guide the project through various hurdles including contaminated land, a breakneck programme, BREEAM requirements and a 30m wave tank. The project is currently ahead of programme and on budget. ESRI forms part of the £60m Engineering Quarter Stride Treglown is delivering on the site for delivery next year.

ESRI forms part of phase 1 of the campus in the faculty of engineering, and will have a worldwide reputation as a centre of excellence for energy and engineering research. It is an important project for Swansea University with funding for the project secured from Research UK through the Central government.

The funding of £12.65M which is part of the government’s £100 million research fund has stringent criteria attached to the grant including the spending of all the monies by 31 March 2015 and achieving BREEAM Outstanding 2011. This is a challenging programme for delivery and Swansea University has utilised their consultant and contractor framework to secure the best possible delivery. ESRI is the only building on the campus not designed by Hopkins and Porphyrios Architects.

Stride Treglown has worked closely with the Prince’s Foundation, Local planning Authority and Swansea University to secure this consent. The full planning application for ESRI follows the Reserved Matters Application with conditions of the 31st July 2013. The proposals accord with the design principles established through the Outline Planning Permission, building upon the overarching design philosophy for the development and establishing a public realm strategy which integrates the building into the Campus. The ESRI building comprises 4073 sq m. floor space within a three storey building. The height of the building, including the flues and central glazed roof structure, provides ‘passive’ natural ventilation to the upper floors.

Energy Safety Research Institute, Swansea