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£6m building overhaul to boost city centre transformation

Work has started on a £6m scheme to transform one of Swansea city centre's most prominent buildings.

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The four-storey Orchard House, which overlooks the Kingsway Circle, will rise by two levels.

It will get new commercial premises on the ground floor, modern offices on the first floor and 52 apartments on the upper levels.

Swansea business Orchard House Swansea Limited owns the building's first two floors and will let them as commercial and office space.

The building's upper four storeys are owned - and will be let as residential space - by housing provider Pobl Group. The construction is being carried out by the south Wales-based Jehu Group and is due to be complete in summer 2020.

The transformation aligns with Swansea Council's regeneration strategy that aims to facilitate  more people living and working in the city centre. The council is behind the ongoing £12m upgrade of The Kingsway.

Existing Orchard House businesses will remain.

Photo Pictured in front of Swansea's Orchard House are, from left, Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart, Simon Jehu, of builders Jehu Group, and Pobl Project Manager Carys Spence.

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