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Swansea Council is asking the public for further feedback on its final plans for phase 1 of its Swansea Central development in the heart of the city.

Digital arena

Detailed designs for the £100 million first phase will be displayed to the public on Friday, June 15, with the opportunity to submit feedback and inform the proposals before a final planning submission early in the summer.

The first phase of this landmark development consists of a new state-of-the-art digital arena to be managed by The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), the global leader in live entertainment.

The digital indoor arena is due to be part-funded, subject to the approval of a business case, by the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal - an investment in 11 major projects across South West Wales being funded by the UK Government, the Welsh Government, the public sector and the private sector.

The Swansea Central plans also include a new coastal parkland - the first new park in the city since Victorian times. The park will help connect the city to its stunning coast and bay, while the development as a whole will bring over 20,000 sq m of public realm to Swansea.

Pedestrian access and transport in the area will be greatly improved by the proposals thanks to a new pedestrian bridge which will seamlessly connect the city centre with the arena and marina. The bridge will be on the same level as shops, cafes and restaurants and strengthen the city's connection with its waterfront. There will also be nearly 1,000 car parking spaces as well as highway improvements.

In addition, there will be a new high quality hotel on the arena site. Further details on the hotel will be revealed at a subsequent date with a future planning application expected.

Swansea Council leader Cllr Rob Stewart said: "We are now at the final consultation before we submit our planning application so I welcome the opportunity for the public to give us their final feedback on these wonderful plans to help transform our city centre.

"We want to push ahead with the arena complex as soon as possible because we want Swansea to become a major destination for tours, acts, conferences and events that will boost our city centre economy and create local jobs.

"Working with our partners, including all involved in the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal, Swansea Central Phase One is just one part of our vision to bring more people into the city centre - to enjoy their leisure time there, to shop, to set up home and to go to work."

June 15's exhibition follows a previous consultation by Swansea Council on the whole of Swansea Central in December 2016. Following the previous consultation, feedback from the public has been taken into account to inform the latest designs. 

Spencer Winter, Director of Rivington Land, the development manager for the scheme, said:"These latest proposals have taken into account previous feedback from the public and present a truly outstanding scheme for Swansea.

"The arena will bring a new and exciting leisure offering to the city, while the parkland will provide some much needed new green space to the city - connecting it to its stunning waterfront. 

"It has been great to see public enthusiasm in Swansea so far for the emerging plans and we hope this will continue at the latest public exhibition. We look forward to receiving further feedback to inform the final stage of design."

To view the emerging plans and provide your views please visit:

Venue: St David's Church Hall, St David's Place, Swansea, SA1 3NG.

On: Friday, June 15

From: 9:30am to 8pm

Also, from June 13, you will be able to view the exhibition boards and submit your feedback via the website www.swanseacentral.info.

Following feedback, Swansea Council and its project team will review the final proposals, taking public opinion into account before submitting a planning application early this summer. 

 

 

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