Phil Ryder, Portfolio Manager, introduced the report and noted that there were two elements; the dashboard and a summary provided by the projects.
He outlined the data captured within the dashboard, which was contained within the report.
The key aspects from the headline programs and projects were as follows:
- Bay Technology Centre; continued to take prospective tenant visits, hoping to see tenants to occupy these and bring the building up to capacity shortly.
- Property Development Fund; was launched in July 2022, and expressions of interests had been completed and were being reviewed by the project team.
- Pembroke Dock Marine (PDM); the infrastructure element was underway, with the development of the slipway. The financial issues due to the change of requirements of the slipway had now been overcome.
- Pembrokeshire Demonstration Zone (PDZ); environmental scoping and technical procurement awarded, technical and environmental work streams underway.
- Marine Energy Test Area (META); META project staff held a workshop for year 10 engineering students at Pembrokeshire College increasing awareness of the emerging industry and opportunity in Pembrokeshire.
- Marine Energy Engineering Centre of Excellence (MEECE); Had presented to Neath Port Talbot Council's Manufacturing and Innovation Forum. Also presented a paper at the Ocean, Offshore & Arctic Engineering (OMAE) Conference in Hamburg.
- Pentre Awel; Unanimous approval of the Reserve Matters Application (RMA) at Planning Committee in June 2022. Strategic partnership with Cardiff University in place to lead on innovation and business development functions building on their innovation partnership and expertise.
- Swansea City & Waterfront Digital District; Swansea Council Beyond Bricks and Mortar team won a highly commended accolade at the UK-wide Go Awards scheme for their work on the Copr Bay project. 71/72 Kingsway site was ongoing and on target.
- Homes as Power Stations (HAPS); funding agreements were now in place, and they had their annual performance review with Welsh Audit team in July 2022. Recommendations had been made following this, which were currently being implemented.
- Digital Infrastructure Programme; numerous specialists had been appointed and the delivery timelines had been finalised.
- Campuses Project; a further three team members had been hired to support the project, and the ecological assessment had been conducted at the Sketty Lane site.
- Yr Egin; the Change Identification Notice process had formally started. The preferred delivery solution for phase two was currently being discussed to ensure that what was proposed to be delivered was fit for purpose, as the business case had been written approximately five years ago.
- Skills and Talent; First pilot project application has been reviewed by Skills Solution Group who recommended approval to RLSP. Following Regional Learning and Skills Partnership (RLSP) Board discussion it received approval.
In response to queries from Scrutiny Members, it was confirmed that phase one of Yr Egin had been built, but additional space was required for phase two, and this was currently being looked at. It was crucial to ensure the space was fit for purpose and to ensure the employment numbers and the sector growth was met by the building provided.
RESOLVED: That the Committee noted the report.