21st century civic centre project starts
County Hall in Swansea will be transformed into a people's place offering a state-of-the-art Central Library, a seafront café with outstanding views across Swansea Bay, a public exhibition area and a family history centre.
And it will also be home to a new customer contact centre that will give people the chance to meet face-to-face with Council staff who can deal with their inquiries.
The Civic Centre will be easier than ever to get to as it will be linking in with the innovative Swansea Metro system.
Contractors for the multi-million-pound project are starting the first phase of work this month. Staff are being kept fully informed on progress and any changes for them. But for the public it will be business as usual during the first phase and services to them at County Hall will be largely unaffected.
Council Leader Chris Holley hailed the move as the most important step yet in giving the city's County Hall back to the people of Swansea.
"The Council is delivering on its commitment to the people of Swansea to give County Hall back to them," he said.
"The new Central Library will boast more space for children, more space for the Welsh medium and more space for library events and meetings. And the Customer contact centre will give people easier access than ever to council services.
"The seafront café will give visitors to Swansea as well as residents the chance to soak up some of the best views in Wales while enjoying coffee and a chat with their friends.
"The Council is committed to playing its part in helping ensure Swansea becomes a European city of distinction. The Council's determination to open up County Hall and council services to the public through the Civic Centre is one part of that vision and it is great to see that work is starting now."
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