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Swansea Central plans revealed

£100m plans to transform a high-profile area of Swansea city centre are revealed today - and you can have your say on them.


They show how the proposed 3,500-capacity digital indoor arena, parkland, plaza, broad pedestrian bridge, homes and retail premises could look.

The location of the huge development, known as Swansea Central Phase One, is either side of Oystermouth Road between the Marina and the Quadrant. It will border buildings such as Tesco, St David's Church and the LC.

From today you can see the proposals and submit your feedback via the website

This Friday (note: June 15) from 9.30am-8pm you can see the designs and submit feedback at a public exhibition in St David's Church Hall, St David's Place, Swansea, SA1 3NG.

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

Council leader Cllr Rob Stewart said: "The plans look incredible and I'm confident that local residents and businesses will be inspired by them. I urge them to attend Friday's exhibition and let us have their thoughts.

"This is the final consultation before construction begins - and enabling works are due to start in August.

"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."

The state-of-the-art arena will be managed by The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), a global leader in live entertainment. It 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. 

Swansea Central Phase One will bring a total of more than 20,000 sq m of public space to the city.

This includes the new parkland - with parking underneath. It will be inspired by Swansea's coastal landscape and will be the first new park in the city since Victorian times. It will be bigger than a full-size football pitch and will help connect the city to its stunning coast and bay. School children are being asked what play facilities they would like there.

Pedestrian access and transport in the area will be greatly improved by the proposals thanks to the new pedestrian bridge which will seamlessly connect the city centre with the arena and Marina. It will be on the same level as shops, cafes and restaurants and strengthen the city's connection with its waterfront. There will 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.

Work has started in the LC car park to assess the former railway wall behind the earth bank which stretches the length of the car park. This investigation will help inform the design of the arena and its immediate vicinity.

Early construction work for Swansea Central Phase One would include changes to Wellington Street, between Tesco and the Quadrant car park, including an improved road access to the supermarket.

Rivington Land, appointed by Swansea Council, is development manager for the scheme.

Director Spencer Winter said:"The proposals take 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 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."

Picture A latest image of the plans for Swansea Central Phase One - it shows the digital arena and the coastal parkland.

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