Plans to make one of the most popular streets in Swansea city centre more family-friendly are a step closer as South Wales contractor Griffiths has been chosen to carry out the work for Swansea Council.
Robert Francis-Davies, the council’s cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: “We’ve worked closely with Griffiths over the years to deliver a range of highways maintenance and improvement programmes as part of the Swansea Highways Partnership; we know they’ll do a great job in Wind Street.
“We want Wind Street to be a family-friendly, high quality hospitality environment. Planning work has continued through the pandemic; this has included consultation with traders and with environmental, disability and residents’ representatives.
“Our reimagining of Wind Street is a key element in our £1bn transformation of the city centre. Work that’s already well advanced on locations such as Copr Bay and The Kingsway – and our plans for other significant city centre locations – means that Swansea will lead the way out of the pandemic.”
Russell Greenslade, chief executive of Swansea BID, said: “This is very welcome news in the latest stage of Swansea city centre’s regeneration journey. Swansea BID has worked very closely with the council to help deliver this project and drive change in this part of the city, improving the economy and vibrancy of the area.
“We are constantly striving, on behalf of our BID area businesses, to assist Swansea Council in its regeneration of the city centre to develop more vibrancy and attract more footfall. We are proud to see plans like these come to fruition and we will continue to work in partnership with the council on such projects to attract new investment to the city, whilst supporting our existing, much valued BID businesses through the regeneration process as much as we can.”
The Wind Street project will see the street become more accessible to pedestrians and more attractive to businesses wishing to trade outdoors. The aim is for Wind Street to be a family-friendly all-day café quarter with traffic restricted to 7-11am for business loading only.
So, the street will be free of vehicles during daytime and evening trading periods. The work will include green-landscaped new entrances to the street. Existing natural stone paving and kerbs will be taken up and re-used. Stone will be laid in a way that reduces future maintenance costs. The re-use of existing footway material will reduce the need for new materials, making the project more sustainable and reducing its carbon footprint.
The road will be brought up to the same level as the pavement to improve accessibility and to provide a flexible space for events and activities. To help those with mobility issues, there will be a clear accessible route close to the new outdoor trading areas.
A new blue badge parking/dropping area will be created in Salubrious Passage, which will also benefit from new lighting.
Funding sources include the council’s capital budget and the Welsh Government’s Targeted Regeneration Initiative. To allow the work to be undertaken swiftly and to offer construction personnel a welfare area and compound, the nearby Worcester Place car park will close for the duration of the works. Other council-managed parking is available nearby on-street and at car parks in The Strand, Park Street and Pell Street.
(Photograph: Swansea Council)