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Interest from hotel developers and operators sought for city centre development site

Expressions of interest in the Swansea Central development site south of Oystermouth Road are being sought from hotel developers and operators.

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Swansea Council and Rivington Land - development managers for the site - are working with a specialist investment management company called Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) to gauge interest from the hotel marketplace.

A site has been earmarked for a hotel close to the proposed digital indoor arena, which will be constructed alongside a new multi-level car park on the LC car park area.

Last week, the council appointed ATG (Ambassador Theatre Group) to operate the new digital indoor arena, with construction due to start next year.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: "Rivington Land, our development managers for the Swansea Central development site, have identified an opportunity for a hotel close to the digital indoor arena that's planned, so we've now started to seek expressions of interest from hotel developers and operators.

"This makes sense because the hotel would complement the new, 3,500-capacity digital indoor arena that will attract up to 200 events a year, including touring shows, music concerts, comedians, exhibitions and theatrical performances.

"Within a week or so of appointing ATG as our digital indoor arena operator, seeking expressions of interest from hotel developers and operators shows how determined we are to deliver the kind of vibrant city centre that the people of Swansea deserve.

"The indoor arena and hotel plans for the south of Oystermouth Road will add to our plans for the former St David's shopping centre site to transform the city centre by attracting new businesses and considerably boosting footfall and spending."

A range of developments are planned for the former St David's shopping centre site, including new shops, restaurants, public spaces, cafés and a boutique cinema. A broad pedestrian bridge between the two development sites is also planned to further develop links between the city centre and the seafront.

Outline planning consent has been awarded for the overall Swansea Central development site, with the council now working closely alongside Rivington Land to attract tenants and make progress on detailed designs.

Work on the development site south of Oystermouth Road is expected to start next year, with the arena and hotel earmarked to open in 2020.

The overall development is scheduled for completion in 2022.


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