New shops and restaurants planned
A £15m redevelopment of Swansea's Parc Tawe is now under way.
The refurbishment will provide new shops and restaurants alongside the Odeon cinema, Tenpin bowling alley and Plantasia.
Mothercare will move into a new unit, while Toys 'R' Us will trade from an upgraded store. Costa Coffee will also be occupying a sustainable 'zero energy' pod which will be a drive-through coffee shop.
The modernised scheme will provide space for five additional new retail brands, potentially including a food store and four new restaurants. There will also be new open public areas, with seating and living green walls, creating an attractive and enjoyable environment for visitors to shop and dine.
Andrew Berger North, UK Director of Retail Parks at Hammerson, said: "It's a significant achievement that we have reached the important milestone of starting works on site.
"Our plans to create a leading, contemporary and attractive retail destination at Parc Tawe are long overdue, which is why we have continued to worked closely with Swansea Council to ensure that the very best scheme has been brought forward. We now look forward to delivering the redevelopment project to ensure that the parc plays a key role in the continued regeneration of Swansea."
Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: "I am delighted that Hammerson is proceeding with its refurbishment of Parc Tawe. We welcome the investment, which is one of many schemes that will begin this year. Parc Tawe has looked tired for some time, so this scheme will breathe new life into this vital part of the city centre and improve the appearance of a key gateway in and out of Swansea.
"This is another example of the public and private sector working closely together for the benefit of Swansea residents and visitors to the city. I have fostered good relations with our partners since becoming Leader and I will continue to do so.
"Our aspiration is to leave no part of the city centre untouched from our regeneration plans, with exciting development schemes for St David's, Kingsway and other areas also in the pipeline."
It's hoped the redeveloped Parc Tawe will act as a catalyst for the future growth of Swansea as a key retail destination in the region.
This is supported by the increased amount of investment and development taking place in the local area, including the planned St David's city centre development and Swansea University's continued expansion.