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Oceana down as Kingsway's transformation gathers pace

A feature of Swansea's nightlife since the 1960s, the former Oceana nightclub building on Kingsway has now been completely demolished.

Oceana down

With the building's roof, walls, ceilings, fixtures and fittings having now been dismantled, all that remains is the removal of the demolished materials and the securing of the site.

Cuddy Group is carrying out the demolition for Swansea Council, which is being part-funded by the Welsh Government's Vibrant and Viable Places Swansea city centre regeneration programme.

The council is now intending to employ specialist consultants to develop an initial concept design for a new office development on the site in readiness for a planning application. Earmarked to accommodate tech businesses, the new office development would form part of Kingsway's transformation into an employment district.

Once Cuddy Group has finished their work, hoardings will be put up, showing how the site and wider Kingsway area could be developed.

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: "The demolition of the former Oceana nightclub building marks the start of an exciting new chapter for Kingsway. Once Cuddy Group have finished their work, the site will be secured and we'll appoint consultants to design the new building that's planned for tech businesses there.

"To be largely financed by City Deal money that's been approved by the UK Government, this new building will form part of a new digital employment district on Kingsway that will open up thousands of jobs for local people, significantly boost city centre footfall and generate far more spending in our city centre businesses.

"A number of private developers are already working closely with us on other buildings around Kingsway, with more information on these developments to be released in coming months.

"This project will combine with our plans for other parts of the city centre to considerably improve its vibrancy and attract even more investment in future."

Plans to improve Kingsway's environment are also making progress. These include the creation of a high-quality, greener space that's more in keeping with a place where thousands more people will live and work in future.

Two-way traffic will also be reintroduced on Kingsway, Christina Street, Mansel Street, De La Beche Street, Alexandra Road, Orchard Street and Belle Vue Way as part of the plans. Two properties on the junction of Plymouth Street and Oxford Street will start to be demolished early next year to pave the way for a new pedestrian link between Kingsway and Oxford Street.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: "If we're to attract major employers to Kingsway, then we recognise we have to improve its look and feel. Two-way traffic will reintroduced there as part of an overall scheme that will also see more landscaped areas and greenery put in place to generate a more pedestrian and cyclist friendly environment.

"We'll continue to keep businesses updated with our plans."

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