Scaffolding will support other walls of building
Sections of Swansea's former Oceana nightclub building are about to be removed.
Cuddy Demolition and Dismantling Ltd Group, Swansea Council's contractor for the demolition project, will start taking down parts of the building's back wall single storey that borders a lane behind Oxford Street.
This is the first phase of external demolition, which is scheduled to finish in the late spring.
Scaffolding is in place to support the building and protect both Kingsway and Picton Lane from the demolition, with all stripping-out and other internal work now finished.
The demolition project is being part-funded by the Welsh Government's Vibrant and Viable Places Swansea City Centre regeneration programme that was awarded in June, 2014. Vibrant and Viable Places (VVP) is a three-year programme to target key regeneration projects in the city centre.
Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: "The former Oceana nightclub's demolition will pave the way for a new office development on site as part of plans to transform Kingsway into an employment district.
"This is an important element of our city centre regeneration plans as a whole because it will create hundreds of new jobs and generate more footfall and spending in our city centre businesses."
Cllr Stewart said the council is confident of signing the £1.3bn City Deal in the next few weeks and it will help fund a new digital district on the Kingsway site.
"Expert demolition equipment will also soon be arriving on site to start bringing down the front of the building that many thousands of people walk and drive past every day on Kingsway.
"We'll continue to do all we can to minimise disruption until the demolition work is finished.
"We will then be pressing on with the construction of new buildings as soon as the demolition is complete and the City Deal is signed."
The council has also announced plans to redevelop Kingsway that include a tree-lined urban park and a new, two-way traffic route.
Consultation on the plans is now on-going until March 10. You can have your say online at www.swansea.gov.uk/thekingsway or by calling in to a number of drop-in sessions that are being arranged for the Grand Theatre.
Cllr Stewart said: "It's clear Kingsway's look and feel has to be improved if we're to attract major employers there, so we're exploring a plan that would see a far more pedestrian friendly environment and a simplified and improved city centre traffic flow.
"We're keen to get people's feedback during the consultation because we realise how important our city centre is to residents."