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Transforming Swansea Market's central area - have your say!

At the heart of Swansea Market is a large open space. This area offers great potential to be a popular meeting place - tell us what you think!

Tangent Partnership Ltd is working with Swansea Council to transform this space. The aim is to create a landmark destination for people to meet, relax, eat and enjoy events. The area will have a green theme with relaxing planting features.

We'd really like to hear your thoughts by midnight on Tuesday 26 January 2021.

Location and design proposals

The area of development is at the centre of the market, opposite the popular cockle rotunda. There won't be any changes to the cockle rotunda or permanent stalls which will remain as they are.  

As with the new customer toilets at the market, this area will be managed by the Swansea Market team who will keep it clean, tidy and well maintained. 

Take a look at the shortlisted concept design proposals (the pdf download is the same information as the flipbook).

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Central area features

  • Attractive seating area including comfortable low seating
  • The garden theme is reflected in the choice of fixtures and fittings
  • The furniture selected is robust, flexible and stackable
  • The layout is accessible for wheelchair users
  • New hard-wearing, non-slip flooring
  • A flexible space for events supported by an adaptable infrastructure
  • A landmark feature where shoppers can plan to meet up with friends and family
  • Relaxing botanic garden features which are suited to the environment and low maintenance due to an integrated irrigation system
  • Free USB phone charging
  • Free power points
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Upgraded lighting with more pendant lights and colour changing features
  • Toddler play area, high chairs and baby food/ bottle warming facilities
  • Dog water station
  • Recycling and refuse facilities


New casual trading area

As part of this development, casual traders will be able to use a new bespoke stall area with useful and flexible modular features.  This will be located just by the cockle rotunda on a popular aisle which is visible from the existing casual trading area. Please see the designs below for more information.

Existing day traders will also be compensated with a range of benefits to support them to relocate to the new area.

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Naming of the new area

We've made a short list of three names that we think would be great for this fantastic new area.  They've been chosen because they have a historic connection or symbolic relationship with Swansea, the Market or the space itself. You may also have some name ideas and we'd love to hear these too.

  • Croes y Farchnad / Market Cross

From around the 12th century, the market founded itself around the 'market cross' which stood on the junction of St Mary's Street and what was formerly Cross St, Frog St and Goat St, now Princess Way and Caer Street. This expanded as the years went on and by the 17th century the market had spread to Castle Square and the top of Wind Street! It was at this time that proposals were first put forward to build a market hall. 

  • Calon

This is Welsh for 'heart', and could be the ideal choice given that Swansea Market is at the very heart of the city centre, and this new destination area is at the heart of the market. It is the beating heart of Swansea!

  • Gardd y Farchnad / The Market Garden

Traditionally, the area at the centre of the market was home to the flower market. This proposed name also supports the green botanic theme of the new space.



We have designed two creative options for the area and we'd love to know which one you prefer. 

We're also keen to understand any feedback you may have about the scheme in general and any practical suggestions you think we should consider. This is your chance to have your say and also help us name the area!

Have your say now - click here to fill in the quick survey

Closing date: midnight, Tuesday 26 January 2021

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