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Chance to snap up landmark Swansea building

IMAGINATIVE developers across the UK and beyond now have the chance to snap up one of Swansea's most recognisable buildings.

image depicting Observatory

Swansea Council is marketing The Observatory on the seafront by inviting interested parties to submit their proposals and financial offers for the building by the end of March.

The five-storey Observatory was built in 1988 and includes a domed roof and an access tower that houses a spiral staircase with balconies linking the structures at each upper level. The ground floor has its own separate entrance which means it could potentially be occupied on a standalone basis.

The building also includes a stained-glass roof by internationally-renowned artist David Pearl and panels of carved poetry by leading Welsh poet Nigel Jenkins.

It's located on the beachfront within a stone's throw of the SA1 development, Swansea city centre and boat-mooring opportunities at Swansea Marina.

The Observatory building has been vacant for about two years.

Swansea Council is now marketing the building in the national and local media as well as in Grand Designs – the official magazine of the hit Channel 4 programme presented by Kevin McCloud.

Cllr Gareth Sullivan, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Planning, said: "We'd like to see a mixed-use development that incorporates features of the existing Observatory building but we'd invite any developers with other imaginative design ideas to get in touch because we don't want to preclude innovative proposals.

"This building presents an exciting opportunity at a prestigious waterfront location within touching distance of the city centre that offers panoramic views of Swansea Bay.

"Bringing the Observatory back into use would add even more vitality to the promenade."

The news comes in the wake of the completion of an upgrade on the promenade between the Observatory building and the Civic Centre that included new lighting, handrails, benches and bins.

Work will also soon start on a Watersports Centre of Excellence funded by the Welsh Government just off the promenade opposite St Helen's that will feature changing rooms, showers, toilets, a multi-functional space and an area to store specialist watersports equipment.

Cllr Sullivan said: "We're doing all we can to make the most of our stunning coastline and develop closer links between the waterfront and the city centre. The Observatory building is one piece of a jigsaw that we hope will help Swansea maximise its enormous potential."

Contact Andrew North or Katy Evans at Swansea Council for more information. Andrew can be reached on andrew.north@swansea.gov.uk or 01792 636130. Katy can be reached on katy.evans@swansea.gov.uk or 01792 636422.


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