As we are sure you have all heard of the fantastic regeneration projects happening in the City Centre, so we’ve put together some information for you to keep updated on Swansea’s exciting transformation.
The Kingsway forms part of the City Deal Digital Village proposal. Following the demolition of the former Oceana site, two elements will follow-on, namely the commencement of works to improve the street’s environment to create an appropriate setting for future investment, as well as demolition of two properties on Oxford Street to enable a future pedestrian link to The Kingsway as part of the Employment Hub development on the former Oceana site.
The Kingsway Infrastructure Project
Works will commence on the main contract in early 2018. This project will include major changes to the look and function of The Kingsway, including the introduction of new foot/cycle paths (that will also be introduced on Oxford Street) within a high quality landscaped setting, including the revamped Kingsway Circle pocket park. The project will enable the reintroduction of two-way traffic on The Kingsway, Orchard Street, Alexandra Road, Mansel Street, Christina Street and Belle Vue Way – the switch to two-way is planned to take place during Autumn 2018.
The closure of the Metro track at the outset of the project will present contractors with an initial large works area, which will not affect motorists on the existing carriageways of The Kingsway and parts of Orchard Street. This will enable the construction of the new carriageway and footways on the south side of the street, prior to switching traffic to the newly constructed road.
Creation of a new link between Oxford Street and The Kingsway
Demolition of the former Nefertiti and Tony&Guy is planned to take place early 2018 in readiness for development of the Oceana site.
CCS is seeking to appoint a professional team to design and secure planning over the next months.
Lower Oxford Street
Council has identified the car park as a potential site for its new offices. Significant further work needs to be undertaken to address concerns over loss of car parking in the area generally and the future demand in light of proposed redevelopments. The work is in progress, no timescale has been set for this project.
Swansea Central (Formerly St David’s)
The council is working with its development partner Rivington Land to bring forward developments. Operators have been signed up to manage a new arena on the south side of Oystermouth Road, which will link via a new pedestrian bridge on the north of the road, delivering a new retail offer for the City Centre together with new public and commercial spaces. A hotel operator is being sought for a new hotel adjacent to the LC.
Mariner Street Development
Site surveys expected late 2017, with start early 2018.
Refurbishments underway – site owner Hammerson’s progressing improvements.
Future updates to be provided when available.
A fly-through of what the City Centre will look like once the regeneration is complete can be found here. It showcases all the brilliant changes, such as the spectacular arena and the soon-to-be breathtaking skywalk.
Below is a timeline of the regeneration project:
Watch this space, as we’ll keep you posted on all the latest regeneration news. More info can be found here.