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Roof removal starts at iconic former Swansea nightclub building

A roof that once sheltered millions of revellers from across South Wales for many years is now being dismantled.

Working on Oceana roof

Cuddy Group, Swansea Council's contractors for the demolition of the former Oceana nightclub building on Kingsway, have now started removing hundreds of steel sheets and other roofing materials.

The Swansea city centre building, originally constructed by the Rank Organisation in 1967 for a cinema, has accommodated a number of bars and nightclubs over several decades, including Ritzy and Icon, Time and Envy, and, most recently, Oceana.

About 600 steel sheets measuring approximately 5m x 1m each are being removed one-by-one from the building's roof, along with other roofing materials underneath.

The roof's removal follows on from the demolition of the single-storey extension of the building that once bordered Picton Lane. Glazing from outside the front of the former nightclub on Kingsway has also been removed, meaning passers-by can now see through the building.

Phil Holmes, Swansea Council's Head of Planning and City Centre Regeneration, said: "Our contractors for the building's demolition, Cuddy Group, are continuing to make good progress on site as we pave the way for the next chapter in Kingsway's history.

"Many people in Swansea and across South Wales as a whole will be familiar with this building, having watched films and had nights out there over the years, but times now changed with Swansea's nightlife migrating to areas like Wind Street and Uplands, along with the opening of several multi-screen cinemas in the city centre. 

"So as it's no longer fit for purpose, the former Oceana building is being demolished, with City Deal funding meaning a new office development for tech businesses will be constructed on site in future.

"Forming part of Kingsway's transformation into an employment district, this will help create jobs, keep local enterprising talent in Swansea and generate more footfall and spending in the city centre."

Once the roof has been removed, demolition work will start on the building's east wall, using a machine that will reach up from the ground floor and remove materials from above.

The project, scheduled for completion in the summer, is being part-funded by the Welsh Government's Vibrant and Viable Places Swansea City Centre regeneration programme.

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