UKCW 2018

NEC BIRMINGHAM   09-11 OCTOBER 2018

Swansea

Work on a state-of-the-art construction centre will get under way in Swansea this summer.

The £6.5 million Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) will host a variety of training courses for aspiring and working builders and tradesmen.

It has been described as the first of its kind in Britain to provide applied research, training and consultancy on one base, and will open in autumn 2018.

CWIC will be built at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David's (UWTSD) new £300 million base in SA1 and have so-called "spokes" at other colleges in Wales, including Coleg Sir Gar in Carmarthenshire.

Students will visit the site during construction to get a firsthand feel for how a major project is undertaken and completed.

The brick-clad CWIC is being funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and a UWTSD consortium.

CITB Wales strategic director Mark Bodger said he was delighted that planning consent has now been given for the centre, and added that training tomorrow's workforce was a priority.

"With the Welsh construction sector set to grow almost four times faster than the UK average, a skilled workforce will be crucial," he said.

Staff and instructors at the three-storey CWIC are expected to train up to 1,100 people per year. It will comprise a ground floor area for practical demonstrations and workshops, classrooms on the first floor, and offices and meeting rooms above.

The centre will be built alongside UWTSD's faculty of architecture, computing and engineering, which is part of the first phase of the university's Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter.

This quarter will act as a campus but also accommodate businesses, retail and housing.

The area was originally used for dock-related activities and predominantly covered with railway tracks transporting cargo from ships to the rest of the country. Finding a developer for the land in this corner of SA1 had proved tricky until UWTSD agreed a lease with landowner the Welsh Government for its £300 million project.

Gerald Naylor, CWIC director, said: "Although the CWIC hub is at the Swansea Waterfront development, the site is a 'learning site' drawing students from local schools, the university and surrounding colleges to experience real challenges and rewards of working in the construction industry."

Source: South Wales Evening Post 

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