Mark Milton, Chief Operating Officer at USW, said: “This is a significant step forward in our plans for a new building that will provide space to revolutionise the delivery of STEM at USW. The design team has worked with the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science and created a plan for an exciting, flexible, and collaborative series of spaces that will make STEM accessible for everyone that uses the building.
“This will be a significant investment in the campus and local area, and we will look to maximise the benefits for the local economy through the development and construction. We are very much looking forward to working with BAM as we move into the next stage of the design and development of the building.”
Dr Paul Davies, Dean of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science at USW, said: “It has always been the vision that this building will be a home for STEM but a facility for everyone at USW, and the modern approach to learning and teaching contained within the design will enable this to be realised. The appointment of BAM as the main contractor, working alongside USW, Arup and Stride Treglown, will ensure that the finished building meets the needs of all users and places USW at the forefront of STEM higher education in the region and beyond.”
Subject to the planning permission being granted, the building will be constructed on vacant land at the campus following the demolition of two buildings in recent years. Construction of the building will take approximately two years to complete. It is hoped that construction will commence later in 2024.