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Giant demolition machine to take down what's left of former Swansea nightclub building

A giant demolition machine has started tearing down what's left of the former Oceana building on Kingsway.

High reach excavator

The high-reach excavator, with a reach of 24 metres, is taking down the building's east balcony area before dismantling its outer walls in coming weeks.

Weighing about 60 tons when fully intact, the high-reach excavator will be on site for the next month.

Cuddy Group is demolishing the building for Swansea Council, with the site to be transformed into a state-of-the-art office development in future that will accommodate tech businesses.

Martin Nicholls, Director of Place at Swansea Council, said: "Great progress continues to be made on site, with Cuddy Group having now completed works to take down the roof of the building.

"That means they're now in a position to start demolishing what's left of the building so, little by little, it will soon start disappearing from view.

"Having accommodated a cinema and a number of nightclubs over the years, the building holds fond memories for many thousands of people across Swansea and South Wales as a whole.

"But the building was no longer fit for purpose and with Swansea's nightlife scene having migrated to areas like Wind Street and Uplands, it was time for a change.

"Our plans for the Oceana site form part of a broader vision to transform Kingsway into an employment district, which will help create jobs for local people and generate more footfall and spending in the city centre."

The demolition project is being part-funded by the Welsh Government's Vibrant and Viable Places Swansea City Centre regeneration programme.

Originally constructed by the Rank Organisation in 1967 for the cinema, the former Oceana building accommodated a number of other bars and nightclubs over several decades, including Ritzy, Icon, Time, Envy and Jumpin' Jaks.

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