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University accommodation completed

University accommodation completed

ANOTHER block of student accommodation has been completed at Swansea University.

The Rod Jones Hall at the Bay Campus, off Fabian Way, will be home to 411 students who will move in to their new digs next Monday.

The £450 million campus opened in 2015, and now has 2,416 bed spaces.

There is planning permission for 4,000 student bed spaces — potentially more, subject to the necessary consents.

Construction workers seem ever present at the campus.

A new £31 million Computational Foundry will open in February, while plans for a new law school building, two 3G pitches and a basketball court have been submitted this month.

University chiefs anticipate as many as 13,500 undergraduates and postgraduates learning and carrying out research at the campus by 2025.

The latest student block was overseen by landowner and regeneration firm St Modwen, in partnership with Swansea University and education provider Navitas.

Martin Tresidder, development director for St Modwen West and Wales, said the Bay Campus was one of its flagship projects which had delivered more than one million square feet of academic and recreational space.

He said: “Completion of this new residential building is another one of several stages within our long-term rolling programme of construction, which could see the site expand to over two million square feet within the next five years.”

Russell Flowers, regional director of contractor Vinci Construction, said it was proud of its work on the project.

Professor Iwan Davies, the university’s senior pro-vice-chancellor, said the new en-suite accommodation would help the university grow.

“We are delighted that this next phase of student accommodation has been completed,” he said.

“We’d like to thank Navitas, our joint venture partners on this project, as well as St Modwen and Vinci Construction for their work in delivering this project on time.”

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