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Swansea landmark building undergoing transformation

One of Swansea city centre's biggest ever building transformations is on course for completion next year.


Once open, the £35m Oldway Centre, in Orchard Street, will be home to more than 550 students.

The development of the 13-storey landmark block reflects Swansea Council regeneration plans which will see many more people living in the city centre.

Council leader Rob Stewart said: "It's thrilling to see the progress of such a significant project in such a prime location.

"Those living there will help our new city centre flourish, spending their money at local businesses and bringing new life and vitality.

"Other student accommodation is planned at other city centre locations along with new homes for professionals, families and others."

Moses Schreiber, a director of investor and developer Oldway Swansea which is part of the Midos Group, said: "We expect this development to unlock a flood of investment in Swansea.  Our scheme here is designed to deliver a best-in-class experience and to boost the city's appeal as a study destination." 

Robert Williams, group chairman of Llanelli-based contractor WRW Construction, said: "The Oldway Centre is due to open as planned, at the start of the 2019 university autumn term."

Others working on the 187,000 sq ft development scheme include WRW, Broadfield Project Management and Lawray Architects. 

The Oldway Centre is opposite the city's main railway station and minutes from both the retail core and a University of Wales Trinity St David campus.

Built in the early 1970s, it served as office space but - in recent years - had few tenants.

Oldway Swansea acquired the building in September 2015 and began building work on the transformation in November 2017.

It will have 556 units, a mixture of cluster and studio accommodation, boosting the number of Swansea students who can be housed in purpose-built accommodation. 

It will offer spectacular views over the city and coast.  The development will feature a private courtyard with bicycle storage and dedicated communal areas to encourage collaborative working and socialising. 

Swansea is undergoing its biggest transformation in 70 years; a number of major construction sites are now active. This is intended to significantly improve the city for residents, open up thousands of new jobs and generate new opportunities.

Through the regeneration and the Swansea Bay City Deal the economy will be boosted, with the vision being to bring high-quality well paid new jobs to the area.

Picture Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart flanked by WRW Construction group chairman Robert Williams, right, and WRW managing director Jon Williams on the roof of Oldway Centre, Swansea.

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