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Transforming Swansea city centre

Swansea city centre could soon be transformed into a world class leisure and shopping destination.

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Based on proposals put forward by developers for two key city centre sites, thousands of new jobs and investment worth hundreds of millions of pounds could be on the way.

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Swansea Council has appointed Rivington Land and Acme to manage the regeneration of the site both north and south of Oystermouth Road that's made up of the former St David's shopping centre, the St David's multi-storey car park and the LC car park. Their winning ideas include: 

  • A 3,500-seat arena capable of hosting major international performers, exhibitions and conferences
  • A new tall residential building that could rival Meridian Tower 
  • A new retail street and circuit featuring iconic brands 
  • A restaurant and café quarter 
  • A state-of-the-art cinema 
  • A new public square
  • Improved links between the city centre and waterfront 

It's being proposed the arena idea could be accommodated above a new, under-cover, multi-storey car park.

The council will now start working alongside the company to explore their proposals, carry out comprehensive site investigation works and attract tenants. New residential units and plenty of other car parking spaces could also be constructed on both sides of Oystermouth Road. 

Trebor Developments, who have been appointed to lead the regeneration of the Civic Centre site, will now work with the council to develop the site masterplan. Their winning ideas include:

  • Apartments
  • Town houses
  • Cafés and restaurants
  • A new public space

It's also being proposed the company works closely alongside Swansea University to further explore the potential for a 'hydro hub' at the site that could include: 

  • A public aquarium
  • A state-of-the-art aquatic sciences research centre 
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