The new £14 million ALEX Design Exchange is home to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s award winning School of Design & Applied Arts with workshops equipped with the latest machinery from Daltons Wadkin.
Situated in Swansea’s arts quarter the recently restored and extended Grade II listed former library is a stunning mix of contemporary and traditional architecture, celebrating its historic position as a seat of learning dating back to 1887. This mixture of new and old continues inside with traditional design techniques and practices taught alongside modern cutting-edge technologies.
Daltons Wadkin were asked to join the discussions early on regarding suitable machinery for the new workshops. ‘Our unique portfolio includes the latest CNC technology as well as more traditional sawing and sanding equipment giving students a real world insight into manufacturing methods’, says Alex Dalton of Daltons Wadkin. ‘Working with our dust control partners we were able to provide a turnkey installation including delivery, commissioning and operator training’.
Phillipson high precision disc sanders, Elcon vertical panel saw, Wadkin crosscut, lathe and bandsaws as well as milling, welding and turning equipment were amongst the items supplied. Oliver Jenner of the Faculty of Art & Design comments, ‘It was clear from the start that we had found an ideal partner in Daltons Wadkin. Their help and guidance in the early stages of planning proved invaluable. We now have what I believe are some of the best University workshops in the country to enable us to continue to compete as a world-class centre for design education’.