Wernick wins modular uni campus deal

14 May 2019 | By Neil Gerrard

Wernick is to build an offsite, two-storey, 60-module building for Swansea University at its Bay Campus as part of a build programme of just 22 weeks.

The process to build the modules in Wernick’s factory in Port Talbot, using its Swiftplan modular system, will take six weeks, with handover of the building scheduled for November this year.

Swiftplan uses a non-combustible wall-panelling system and a hybrid natural ventilation system will provide a comfortable environment for occupants. The interior fit-out includes folding partitions to create flexible spaces, lecture suites, PC labs and quiet zones.

The H-shaped structure, designed to last at least 60 years, will sit alongside a range of pioneering buildings on the campus, including the UK’s first energy positive office – the ‘Active Office’, conceived and designed by SPECIFIC Innovation & Knowledge Centre and delivered by Wernick in 2018.

Around 90% fewer vehicles will be used on site during construction as compared to a traditional build and Wernick claimed that concrete, plaster use and CO2 emissions from onsite generators would also be significantly reduced.

Stuart Wilkie, managing director at Wernick Buildings said: “We are delighted our local university has once again selected Wernick to deliver their new teaching accommodation. Higher education institutions such as Swansea University are leading the way – embracing modern methods of construction and all that modular buildings have to offer.”

Ian Macpherson, associate director – estates & facilities management at Swansea University said: “We are very pleased to have appointed leading modular building supplier Wernick to deliver this new teaching accommodation at our Bay Campus. The new facility will provide additional teaching and learning environments to accommodate our growing student population, as well as offering flexible space to support a range of non-teaching activities and events to enhance the student experience here at Swansea.”

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