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National award hope for Swansea Maritime Quarter

Swansea's Maritime Quarter is in the running for a major award that salutes the best in urban environments.


It is shortlisted in the great place category of the 2019 Urbanism Awards that celebrate outstanding examples of civic design across Europe. 

They are run by the Academy of Urbanism (AoU), an independent organisation that brings together urban specialists to recognise and encourage great places.

Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: "The Maritime Quarter is a great regeneration success, underpinned by a long-term vision since the early 1980s.

"It's a tremendous achievement to be celebrated in The Urbanism Awards; it means it will be in the spotlight across Europe.

"Success doesn't mean we're complacent, of course; the council is driving a transformation that will see Swansea city centre develop as an even greater place in which to live, work and spend quality free time."

The Maritime Quarter, an expansive residential and leisure area, was formerly key to Swansea's position as a global industrial powerhouse, with thriving sea, rail and road links.

Regeneration began in the 1980s and Swansea Marina opened in 1982 with berths for around 400 boats. In 1992 the barrage and lock was completed, allowing the River Tawe to accommodate berths for around 200 boats.

The area now features housing that ranges from 1980s apartment blocks around the former South Dock to post-millennial town houses. Homes includes social housing and the 29-storey Meridian Quay Tower.

The area includes the National Waterfront Museum, the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea Museum and the LC.

The Urbanism Awards are the AoU's primary platform for recognising the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments. 

This year's awards are particularly focused on places that have been through transformation from an industrial past to a new-style present and future.

There are five categories. In the great places category, Swansea's Maritime Quarter is shortlisted with London's Granary Square and Dublin's Kilmainham Civic Space.

Winners will be announced at a London ceremony on Wednesday, November 7.

Photo Swansea Marina, a key part of the successful Swansea Maritime Quarter.


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