The Great Hall - Background


At the heart of Swansea University’s new £450m Science and Innovation Bay Campus lies the Great Hall.

This £32m facility was designed by world renowned architect Dr Demetri Porphyrios as a multi-purpose space which aims to reach out beyond the campus to the wider community.

The Great Hall was designed to provide the University with a new home for the arts; and build on the existing cultural arts offering of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, craft and cinema provided by the Taliesin on the Singleton Park Campus.

The Great Hall provides the new ‘home venue’ for the University’s revitalised music programme, and a world class concert and conference facility for the local community and for Wales.

A Multi-Purpose Community Venue

The Great Hall is an inspirational, multi-purpose space in which members of the public can join together with the campus community and get involved in a whole host of events and activities; from performances of music and the arts, public lectures and community outreach initiatives, to festivals, conferences, exhibitions, and functions.

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As the University approaches its Centenary in 2020, the Great Hall, together with the Taliesin on Singleton Park, will provide a key venue in which to host its celebrations, which kicked off last year with a series of centenary lectures, curated by Professor Owen Sheers and sponsored by Swansea Building Society.

Find out more about the Centenary Lecture Series here.

An Outstanding Beachfront Location

The Great Hall is the flagship building at the heart of Swansea University's brand new Bay Campus which is situated in an outstanding location on a 65 acre former BP transit site on the eastern approach into Swansea.

Beach Location

The campus is located right on Swansea Beach with direct access onto its own private beach area and seafront promenade. It also sits adjacent to Crymlyn Burrows Site of Special Scientific Interest, which the University owns and is responsible for protecting.

Crymlyn Burrows Site of Special Scientific Interest

Just to the East of the Great Hall on the Bay Campus lies the University-owned Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The protected habitats at Crymlyn Burrows include its sand dunes, saltmarsh and the beach itself.

Crymlyn Burrows Site of Special Scientific Interest

The dunes are home to a wonderful array of wild flowers including some very rare plants such as field wormwood and sea stack. They are also an important habitat for reptiles and ground nesting birds; while the beach provides a haven for wading birds such as sanderling, oystercatcher and ringed plover.

Find out more about the SSSI here