With the use of modern methods of construction, the two-storey, 2,600m² building was completed over an end-to-end build programme of just 28 weeks.
Situated on Swansea University’s prestigious Bay Campus, the H-shaped structure offers eight spacious teaching areas for up to 2,000 students, and space for the Student’s Union. The comprehensive interior fit-out includes folding partitions to create flexible spaces, lecture suites, PC labs and quiet zones.
The building, officially named ‘Y Twyni’ (meaning The Burrows), was procured through Fusion 21’s Education and Modular Buildings Framework, and was built ‘offsite’, using the latest innovations in modular design and build.
Modules were manufactured in a quality-controlled factory environment in six weeks, with ground works on campus taking place simultaneously. The modules were then craned into place to form a complete building.
While the principal driver of a modular solution is time, the method presents a range of environmental benefits too. For example, up to 90% fewer vehicles arrive on site and less waste for landfill is produced at each stage of the build. Concrete and plaster use are significantly reduced, as are C02 emissions from on-site generators.
Wernick utilised their latest modular system – Swiftplan®. As well as ensuring building efficiency, the system allows for greater versatility for the addition of architectural features. In the case of Y Twyni, these include curtain walling, which provides open, sun-drenched areas and rain screen cladding, which gives the exterior a contemporary feel.
Swiftplan’s® industry-leading non-combustible wall-panelling system will ensure an extra level of safety, and a hybrid natural ventilation system will provide a comfortable environment for occupants.
The innovative structure sits alongside a range of pioneering buildings on the campus, including the UK’s first energy positive office – the ‘Active Office’, delivered by Wernick in 2018. Like the Active Office, manufacture of the new teaching facility took place at the Wernick Buildings factory in Port Talbot – 13 miles from the Bay Campus.
Swansea University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor Martin Stringer said: “Y Twyni represents the University’s commitment to developing flexible learning spaces, sustainable building methods, and working with local manufacturers.”
Stuart Wilkie, Managing Director at Wernick Buildings added: “We are delighted that our local University is embracing modern methods of construction and all that modular buildings have to offer. Higher education institutions such as Swansea University are leading the way by providing innovative and inspiring spaces to enhance the student experience.”