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Creative / tech start-up hub for Swansea set for planners' backing

Words: Roger Milne
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Proposals for a striking six-storey building in Swansea city centre that has been designed to target tech and creative businesses look set for approval next week.

The glass-fronted structure is earmarked for the site of The Kingsway's former Oceana nightclub. More than 600 people could work there.

The council-led proposals feature two underground levels and a roof terrace with trees. Other greenery, including a green roof, forms a further part of plans for the building, thus reflecting the council's commitment to green infrastructure. The building's working title is 71/72 Kingsway.

Plans for the hub include a new link from Oxford Street onto The Kingsway. City planners have recommended the scheme should go-ahead.

The building will be high-tech, eco-friendly (sustainable drainage and a green wall) and have flexible open-plan work spaces, including balconies overlooking the city centre.

The development - formerly known as the Digital Village - forms part of the Swansea City and Waterfront Digital District project. It is being part-funded by the £1.3 billion Swansea Bay City Deal.

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