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Welsh businesses urged to bid for arena work

Welsh businesses are being urged to bid for work on the £120m Swansea Central Phase One project.


Principal contractor Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd, working in collaboration with Swansea Council, wants to maximise the use of local and regional expertise.

The skills that will be required will range from drainage to the supply of art works, and from roof cladding to soft landscaping and habitat enhancement.

Full details will be available at a free-entry meet-the-buyer event for all businesses.

The event is being held by Buckingham Group and the council in collaboration with industry support body Construction Futures Wales (CFW) which is jointly funded by Welsh Governmentand CITB (The Construction Industry Training Board) Wales

The event is due to take place at the Liberty Stadium on Thursday 7 March, 9.00am - 5.00pm. The format will be one-to-one pre-arranged meetings; these can be booked in advance through CFW.

Those without an appointment can attend and discuss their aspirations with exhibitors who will include Buckingham Group and the council.

Swansea Central Phase One will bring a 3,500-capacity indoor arena, coastal park, plaza, landmark bridge, car parking, homes and commercial premises created on a key city centre site.

Council leader Rob Stewart said: "We said when we secured the City Deal and when we proposed the major transformational city centre projects that we would deliver significant opportunities for local firms to benefit and help deliver key schemes. This is us delivering on that promise.

"Welsh businesses will find work on this world-class regeneration project. I urge them to attend the meet-the-buyer event.

"I expect Buckingham Group to give every possible opportunity to Welsh firms and I'll be keeping a close eye on progress to ensure that this happens."

Robert Francis-Davies, cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: "This project is all about bringing investment to Swansea and regenerating the city for generations to come.

"A key part of that is to ensure that local businesses have a great opportunity to benefit."

Kevin Underwood, Managing Director for Sports and Leisure at Buckingham Group Contracting, said: "We are greatly looking forward to working closely with Welsh businesses on this incredibly exciting scheme.

"We're confident of delivering high-quality work - and we're looking to work with suppliers and partners who can match our demands for the highest standards."

Paul Wintle, of Construction Futures Wales, said: "We want Welsh businesses to prosper and win new business; thismeet-the-buyer event is a great opportunity to hear direct from a principal contractor eager to work with local enterprises.

"The event will help increase the supply chain for multiple elements of Swansea Central Phase One. It's a tremendously exciting opportunity."

Over the next six months, Buckingham Group are undertaking pre-construction services including detailed design, costings and preparatory work on the expansive site next to Swansea's well-known LC leisure centre.

Their early work will prepare the project and site for the main build phase due to start in late summer this year. The transformation is due to be completed in 2021.

The digital indoor arena and digital plaza elements of Swansea Central Phase One are due to be part-funded by the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal as part of the Swansea City and Waterfront Digital District project. This project also includes a digital village for tech businesses on Kingsway, and a box village and innovation precinct development at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David campus in SA1.

The Swansea Bay City Deal is an investment in 11 major projects across the Swansea Bay City Region, subject to the approval of business cases, with funding from the UK Government, the Welsh Government, the public sector and the private sector.

The initial list of work required on Swansea Central Phase One includes:

  • Demolition
  • Piling Works/Retaining Walls
  • Groundworks incl. Drainage
  • Primary Steel Frame
  • Insitu Concrete Frame
  • Composite Slabs/Metal Decking
  • PCC Floors & Stairs
  • Roof/ Wall cladding
  • Fall Arrest System
  • Curtain Walling
  • Brick & Blockwork
  • Fire Protection
  • Structural screeding/ Conc toppings
  • Stud Partition & Ceilings
  • Mechanical & Electrical
  • Syphonic Drainage
  • Internal Doors & Ironmongery
  • Decoration - Wall Painting
  • Soft Flooring - Floor Finishes
  • WC Cubicles/vanity units
  • Ceramic tiling
  • Glazed Partitions
  • Architectural Metalworks
  • Fixtures, Fittings & Equipment
  • Auditorium drape system
  • Fixed & Retractable Seating
  • Roller Shutters/Steel Doors
  • Lifts/ Escalators
  • Kitchen/ Catering
  • Moveable Walls
  • Tarmac Surfacing
  • White Lining
  • Block Paving
  • Wayfinding and General Signage
  • Fencing and Gates/ barriers
  • Cycle Storage & Street Furniture
  • Soft Landscaping Works
  • Bird/ Vermin Control
  • Vehicle Control/Counter Terrorism
  • Bridge - Structure
  • Waste Compactors
  • Art Works
  • Habitat Enhancements

Image An architect impression of Swansea Central Phase One

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