Swansea University, Computational Foundry

Swansea University’s £23.5m Computational Foundry is a brand new, state of the art academic facility at the centre of the University’s Bay Campus which provides dedicated teaching, learning and laboratory space for the computer science department and the mathematics department.

In addition to providing substantially more student and staff spaces, the world-class facility will enable many more research collaboration opportunities for the University, making it a global destination for computational scientists and partners.

Faithful+Gould was appointed to provide project management services and our initial involvement included the procurement of the design team required to take the scheme through to completion of RIBA Stage 2+ (undertaken via the OJEU process).

The building is split into an east and west wing by a central atrium containing bridge connections and break out spaces. The west wing contains lecture theatres and networking spaces at ground floor level with meeting spaces and multi-use teaching research labs on levels 1 and 2. Level 3 and 4 contain individual offices and conference facilities.

The east wing provides specialist computer science laboratories at ground floor level with the upper 3 levels combining to create ‘The Crucible’ which is an open plan research hub to the north, with individual offices to the south and the open plan collaboration areas centralised within the plan.

Due to the proximity of the construction of the IMPACT building, another significant new build project on the campus, we worked in collaboration with our project team and the IMPACT building project team to ensure successful completion of both projects as per the client’s requirements.

Photo credit – AHR Architect

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