Stride Treglown’s Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter Phase 1 reserved matters planning application for the University of Wales Trinity Saint David was unanimously supported at last week’s Planning Committee session.
This first phase includes a library building and the new Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (FACE), both designed by Stride Treglown, collaborating with the Prince’s Foundation’s architect ESHA on the elevations. These will provide about 110,000 sq ft of education space and form the eastern face of the Trinity Quarter facing onto the tidal basin.
Members were supportive of the scheme and highlighted its importance to the regional economy. This is an important milestone for the project, allowing it to quickly move forward towards and into construction.
UWTSD has previously secured about 22 acres of development land in SA1 area of the city, with the aim of developing 355,000 sq ft of new university accommodation. Residential and commercial developments are also planned as part of the wider scheme.
The development was a key factor in Stride Treglown’s Town Planning team winning the Planning and Placemaking national ‘Town Planning Consultancy of the Year’ award this month (photo above). Having set out a 10 year objective in 2006 to become recognised as a practice of national standing, the practice was praised for its “close team striving for innovative solutions to original planning projects” such as the Swansea docks and the expansion of Royal Holloway, University of London.