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Detailed plans submitted for key Swansea city centre redevelopment

Words: Roger Milne
key Swansea city centre redevelopment

The city council has submitted detailed proposals for a £100 million development in Swansea city centre that includes a 3,500-capacity arena.

The plans reveal a dramatic, innovative and high-tech new look for a large swathe of land between the core shopping district and the Marina.

The development, known as Swansea Central Phase One, will be built either side of Oystermouth Road, adjacent to buildings such as Tesco, St David's Church and the existing waterfront leisure centre.

As well as the new arena the scheme involves new office floor space, retail and restaurant units, underground car parking, a so-called ‘digital plaza’, a 13-storey hotel, flats, a landmark pedestrian bridge, and a coastal park.

This initial phase will bring a total of more than 20,000 square metres of public space to the city including the first new park since Victorian times.

Council leader Rob Stewart insisted that the scheme would be a “world-class development, creating jobs, boosting the economy of Swansea and delivering a one-of-a-kind arena with aspects not seen in the UK before”.

“Working with our partners, including all involved in the £1.3 billion Swansea Bay City Deal, this is just one part of our vision to bring more people into the city centre – to enjoy their leisure time there, to shop, to set up home and to go to work.

“Once the neighbouring phase two of Swansea Central is developed – bringing a mix of enhanced new retail, restaurants and leisure – it will represent £200 million of investment.”

Outline planning permission has already been granted for Swansea Central Phase One. Public feedback during consultations was positive, according to the council, with over 85 per cent of those responding welcoming the plans.