It was announced today, after months of speculation, that the current site of Swansea University’s student village has officially been sold to UK developers St. Modwen. Currently home to around 1,644 students, many of them first years, the student village is set to become “an exclusive residential development of around 300 high quality homes”, according to Rupert Josland, St. Modwen’s regional director for South Wales.
The plan, which Professor Iwan Davies reports is “scheduled to begin in late 2015″, also ties in with” [preparations] for Swansea University’s new £450m Bay Campus”,which is on course to open in September 2015. However, it is stressed that the demolition of the current site will be controlled using what is known as a “managed process”, whereby facilities such as the shop, laundrette and pub will still be available to students still living in the village until a time when all students are able to move into accommodation on the University’s new Bay Campus.
By Zoe Alford