Oceana: Demolition Half Way There

Kingsway nightclub's days are numbered

Demolition of the former Oceana nightclub building in Swansea city centre is now about 50% complete.

Experts from Cuddy Group, working for Swansea Council, are continuing to dismantle the building, with a giant demolition machine called a high-reach excavator in daily use on site.

With a reach of about 24 metres, the 60-tonne machine is taking down the building's walls and other remaining features, including the red steel girders that once supported the roof.



The demolition project is being part-funded by the Welsh Government's Vibrant and Viable Places Swansea city centre regeneration programme.

Scheduled for completion in July, the demolition will pave the way for a new office development on site to accommodate tech businesses.

Phil Holmes, Head of Planning and City Centre Regeneration at Swansea Council, said: "Cuddy Group are making significant progress on site as we continue with our preparations to transform Kingsway into an employment district.

"An employment district there would generate thousands of jobs for local people, helping lead to a level of footfall that will benefit city centre businesses because of increased spending.


"Compared with other cities of a similar size across the UK and further afield, Swansea has far fewer people living and working in the city centre area. Our plan for Kingsway is one of the ways we're looking to redress the balance, as we continue with work to deliver the kind of thriving city centre that meets the aspirations of local people, potential investors and visitors to the city."

Steven Jenkins, Group Health and Safety Manager at Cuddy Group, said: "Demolition is advancing at a consistent rate. Our main objective is to ensure it is done safely and with the environment at the forefront of everything we do."

Originally constructed by the Rank Organisation in 1967 for a cinema, the former Oceana building also accommodated a number of other bars and nightclubs over the years, including Ritzy, Icon, Time, Envy, and Jumpin' Jaks.

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