The Institute of Life Science Phase 2 building (ILS2) is a state of the art, low energy collaborative research facility. The building itself is considered an iconic landmark for Swansea University which links both Swansea Singleton hospital with the University.

The ILS 2 is considered to unify the urban space between the hospital and the Unviersity giving great connecitivity between the two partnering bodies. The development itself was a collaboration between Welsh Government, Swansea University, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health board as well as various industry and business partners.

The key objective for the ILS2  building is to advance and develop medical science and research through interaction with partnering organisations with human health as the key driver. This project will bring a positive contribution to the economy through these interactions with shared innovation between multiple organisations.

A reinforced concrete structure was adopted with floor plates formed using ribbed / coffered soffits to provide efficiency of design, whilst meeting a bespoke excellent level of BREEAM rating and facilitating the mechanical engineers night time cooling design. The BREEAM excellent rating was the highest recorded score for a healthcare building in Wales in 2011

Foundations on this filled site utilise CFA piling throughout and ground level slabs are designed as suspended and were required to house extremely sensitive research equipment.


  • State of the art, low energy collaborative research facility.
  • A landmark building for the Trust and University.
  • A facility that links both sites and encourages pedestrian flow.
  • A concept that unifies the urban spaces adjacent to each entrance.
  • Sheet piled Wall splitting ground levels.
  • Reinforced concrete frame
  • Coffered concrete slab floor construction

Project Client

Swansea University


Powell Dobson Architects

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