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Swansea on the hunt for a city centre regeneration partner

Words: Roger Milne
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Swansea City Council launched a global hunt this week for a partner or investor, possibly a consortium, to work with the council to regenerate a number of large sites in the city centre.

The initiative, marketed as Shaping Swansea, has identified seven locations where significant development is proposed.

These opportunities are: 

  • Swansea Central phase two, which is roughly from St Mary’s Church down to Oystermouth Road, to become a public sector hub, plus retail, leisure uses and housing;
  • an office-led scheme at the Oxford Street car park opposite the Grand Theatre; 
  • the Civic Centre seafront site for a residential-led, mixed-use development;
  • Hafod Copperworks to become a leisure destination, including a whisky distillery and Kilvey Hill gondola ride; 
  • a residential-led scheme at the former St Thomas railway station, by the River Tawe; 
  • land off East Burrows Road by the SA1 Sail Bridge, to become housing with other potential uses; and
  • the marina site behind the former observatory, to be developed for residential and commercial uses.

Several major transformation schemes are already under way in Swansea. These include the £135 million Swansea Central Phase One, with a 3,500-capacity indoor arena, the £12 million Kingsway overhaul and the planned £30 million city centre hub for tech and creative businesses.

Council leader Rob Stewart said: “We have a compelling once-in-a-generation chance for a top-class partner to help us deliver major regeneration”.

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