Case Study

Wrexham Glyndŵr

Project Highlights

  • UKSF enabled delivery of the University Estates Strategy, “Campus 2025”
  • The total programme of works could exceed £80m
  • Works will include over seven planning applications on at least five sites
  • Various funding mechanisms will be required over seven years of works
  • Student capacity will double in the University over that time.

UKSF has been employed by Wrexham Glyndŵr University to assist with a full rationalisation and modernisation of its teaching campuses across North East Wales. The University is a relatively new institution, being founded in 2008 (although the main teaching record goes back to 1887 when the Wrexham School of Science and Art was originally founded). Many of the University’s buildings have been added and extended to over 130 years and the University has also inherited miscellaneous plots of land in the area that are utilised for various non-core teaching activities.

UKSF began its task by pulling in a team of design and project management experts and actually considering the core educational requirements of the University itself. This included detailed meetings with the senior management team and each of the faculties before the University was in a position to formulate an estates plan that would ultimately deliver its long term strategic goals. The new Estates and Learning Environment plan (“Campus 2025”) was finally adopted by the Board of Governors in the summer of 2017 and now the focus can switch to the delivery of the ideas and solutions contained within it.

An ambitious programme of works totalling up to £80m would see several buildings fully refurbished and a number of faculties being significantly enhanced, including proper renewal of a number of grand listed buildings that have until now required much backlog maintenance. UKSF is deeply committed to the support of the University and its adopted Campus 2025 programme and is interwoven with the delivery of that plan over the next seven years. Phase One has commenced already with a £12m debt facility to allow the inclusion of modern state-of-the-art student accommodation on the University Plas Coch Campus.