Swansea Hackspace gets a new home

Growing creative community Swansea Hackspace is now occupying the entire first floor of TechHub Swansea, a co-working space for tech start-ups.

It moved into a small room on the fourth floor of Wind Street-based TechHub in July 2014 but has moved because it’s been attracting more members and getting hold of new equipment.

The space, which caters for those interested in building things with the help of PCs and 3D printers, operates as a non­profit and has been funded by memberships and support from TechHub Swansea and Coastal Housing.

Gerrit Niezen, one of Swansea Hackspace’s co­-founders and directors, said: “We’re really excited with the new space and are proud to now be the largest hackspace in Wales, providing a place for people in Swansea to make things using cutting­edge tools like laser cutters and 3D printers”.

Paul Harwood, director of TechHub Swansea, said: “Hackerspaces all around the world are enjoying boom times, and Swansea is no different. There is an explosion of interest in topics such as wearable computing and 3d printing from all walks of life.

“We hope the commitment we have made to the Hackspace community will mean that ambitious initiatives such as wearables and discovering the Internet of Things can be explored at TechHub Swansea.

“Everyone should really come down and join in now there’s loads more space. Bring the kids too! There are loads of activities going on all the time and the community is a really friendly bunch.”

Huw Williams, commercial manager at Coastal Housing, added: “It’s really pleasing for us as a commercial landlord to see the continuing expansion of Swansea Hackspace within TechHub.

“We always look to support new business startups and are thrilled to hear that TechHub Swansea has helped to bring another bold addition to Swansea city centre’s creative business community.”