Arena, hotel and park part of development next to LC
Work is getting started today on the £135 million phase one of ‘Swansea Central’ scheme situated on the car park next to the LC
‘Swansea Central’ phase one is due to deliver a 3,500-capacity arena, a 150-bed hotel, new park and a bridge connecting the city to the waterfront
It’s part of a 1 billion pound package of development projects set to transform Swansea city centre
‘Swansea Central’ phase one is being funded by Swansea Council, and the arena will also be part-funded by the £1.3 billion Swansea Bay City Deal
Phase one is due to be completed in mid 2021. The arena aims to stage 160 performances a year across comedy, theatre, live music and gaming, attracting over 230,000 visitors per year to the city.
The First phase phase one also includes a green wall, which is a vertical garden, and a 1.1-acre park, providing attractive green spaces as well as facilities for outdoor events, plus a hotel and 960 new parking spaces across the development. The ‘Swansea Central’ scheme will take the next steps to connect the city to the spectacular beach with the help of a statement bridge for pedestrians and cyclists.
Rob Stewart, Leader of Swansea City Council, commented:
“The start on site of ‘Swansea Central’ marks a huge step in the major evolution of Swansea. From our spectacular beach and historical landmarks, to our world-leading universities and institutions, Swansea provides a wealth of opportunity that has been undervalued for too long. Alongside the other transformative projects taking place across the city, ‘Swansea Central’ is a missing piece of the jigsaw that will attract more people to the city centre, and greatly strengthen our economic buoyancy.
“The ‘Swansea Central’ phase one scheme alone is forecast to create over 2,500 new jobs throughout and beyond construction, of which 75 per cent are expected to be filled by local residents. This is just the beginning. Phase two will also see the creation of a large public sector hub, with the potential to create thousands more jobs in the city centre.”
The wider Swansea City Centre Regeneration Programme will bring further new housing into the city, as well as facilities for learning and business. The Swansea Bay City Deal will also part-fund a new 100,000 sq ft innovation hub on Kingsway with incubation and co-working spaces for small businesses in the tech and creative industries, and a new innovation precinct due to be constructed at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David SA1.