- £1billion development is transforming Swansea city centre.
- Construction Works start on the £135 million first phase of ‘Swansea Central’ scheme.
- ‘Swansea Central’ Phase One comprises new 3,500 capacity Arena, 150 bed hotel, coastal park and state-of-the-art bridge.
- ‘Swansea Central’ is funded by Swansea Council, and the Arena is also part funded by contribution from the £1.3billion Swansea Bay City Deal.
The £1billion Swansea city centre transformation accelerates, as main construction work starts on ‘Swansea Central Phase One’, on 27th November 2019. The £135 million scheme will deliver a whole new cultural district for South West Wales’ star city of Swansea.
At its heart will be the new Digital Arena, planned to house a 3,500 audience for live performances and a world class conference centre, a new business asset for Parc Felindre’s occupiers.
The new 150 room hotel, coastal park, pedestrian bridge, new homes combined with leisure space for food and beverage outlets, will develop Swansea centre into one of the most desirable cities in the UK to live, work, visit or study.
Amanda Davies, Pobl Group Chief Executive, said:
“Redevelopment plans for Swansea including the digital indoor arena and village, and will create opportunities for local people to access new jobs, skills and world class entertainment.”
“…partnership work is taking place between organisations throughout Swansea and beyond to create a thriving destination there, that will benefit city centre businesses and local supply chains, while acting as a catalyst for further investment and jobs.”
‘Swansea Central Phase One’ is a Swansea Council project and is being developed by RivingtonHark, the town centre transformation specialist. The Arena is part funded by the Swansea Bay City Deal a £1.3 billion investment fund whose objective is to fulfil the potential of the South West region of Wales, for business, education and residential quality.
Due to complete in 2021, ‘Phase One’ is centred around the multi functional Arena and conference centre. This new asset is on target to attract over 230,000 visitors to the city, positioning Swansea as a key destination for the business and leisure market, and building world class amenities on Parc Felindre’s doorstep.
The assets of ‘Swansea Central Phase One’ include 1.1 acre coastal park enhancing the city’s marina and its facilities for live outdoor events, the hotel and 960 new parking spaces across the development. A new pedestrian and cyclist bridge will improve cross city connectivity and facilitate access for all those who live, work and learn in the city and its environs.
Rob Stewart, Leader of Swansea Council, commented:
“The start on site of ‘Swansea Central’ marks a huge step in the major evolution of Swansea. From our spectacular beach and historical landmarks, to our world-leading universities and institutions, Swansea provides a wealth of opportunity that has been undervalued for too long. Alongside the other transformative projects taking place across the city, ‘Swansea Central’ is a missing piece of the jigsaw that will attract more people to the city centre, and greatly strengthen our economic buoyancy.”
Photo and cgi’s attached courtesy of Swansea Council and agencies below
information and statistics sourced with thanks to:
Swansea Bay City Deal
Coverdale Barclay agents for Swansea Regeneration campaign.