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Competition: Gower College Swansea

Gower College Swansea, Tycoch Campus
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Gower College Swansea is recruiting an architect to design an £11.1 million pair of buildings on its expanding Tycoch campus

The winning team will draw up plans for a £5 million Motor Vehicle Workshop Centre and a £6.1 million Construction, Engineering and Technology block on the college’s newly acquired Hill House site.

The project follows the closure of Hill House Hospital five years ago and the integration of its 3.14ha site into Gower College Swansea’s neighbouring Tycoch campus. Other developments planned for the future include a new arts building, sports hall, and hospitality and catering centre.

According to the brief: ‘The proposed developments on the Hill House Hospital site are seen as an opportunity for Gower College Swansea to consolidate, improve and expand its building stock in line with its vision for the provision of further education in the area.

‘A significant amount of work has been carried out to get to the outline planning permission. This now needs to be developed to take the two buildings through to RIBA Stage 3, for detailed planning approval, and RIBA Stage 4 for the preparation of documents to enable the college to take forward these plans to tender.’

Gower College Swansea operates six campuses and was created in 2010 following the merger of Gorseinon College and Swansea College. The 4.26ha Tycoch campus is currently home to the college’s engineering, sport, hair and beauty and motor vehicle departments.

The neighbouring Hill House Hospital opened in 1929 as a centre for treating people with infectious diseases. It closed in 2013, and its landscaped sloping site has now been taken over by the college, which is planning a phased redevelopment of the complex.

The first projects include a new 1,925m² Motor Vehicle Workshop Centre and 2,351m² Construction, Engineering and Technology block. The Motor Vehicle Workshop Centre will allow the college to consolidate facilities currently spread across its Tycoch and Gorseinon campuses.

The Construction, Engineering and Technology block will meanwhile allow electrical and mechanical engineering, electrical installation, technology and energy courses to be expanded.

The deadline for applications is midday, 15 February.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Gower College Swansea
Tycoch Road
Sketty
Swansea
SA2 9EB

Tel: +44 1792284243
Email: stephen.ley@gcs.ac.uk

 

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