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Works start to pave way for city centre's transformation

Site investigation works have now started, paving the way for the first phase of Swansea city centre's forthcoming regeneration.

Indoor arena proposal

Phase one of the regeneration plans include a 3,500-capacity digital indoor arena, a digital square, a hotel and a new car park on the LC car park site.

A broad pedestrian bridge over Oystermouth Road is also planned, with Rivington Land managing the development for Swansea Council.

Site investigation works include topographical surveys and minor drilling to assess the make-up of the land, which will help inform the design and exact locations of new buildings to be constructed.

Works are also taking place to establish the underground location of electrics and other services.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: "Following on from the selection of a world class indoor arena operator earlier this summer, this is another step forward for our plans to transform Swansea city centre into a leading destination for shopping, recreation, entertainment and business.

"Although a great deal of work has been taking place since we appointed Rivington Land as our development managers for the Swansea Central plans, this is the first time many people will have seen visible activity on site.

"Now that planning consent is also in place, these site investigation works will help inform the fine detail of the scheme, with construction due to start late next year.

"Scheduled for completion in 2020, facilities like the new digital indoor arena and new digital square would form part of a year-long celebration of culture if we're successful in our bid for the UK City of Culture 2021 title."

An economic impact study into phase one of the Swansea Central development plans has found they will generate £35.4 million and create 560 jobs during a two-year construction project. Once operational, the new facilities will be worth £11.9m a year to Swansea's economy, helping support 469 jobs.

It's anticipated the new digital indoor arena will attract up to 200 days of concerts, exhibitions and other events a year. 

Phase two of the Swansea Central development will see new shops, restaurants, cafes, a boutique cinema and other new facilities introduced on the former St David's shopping centre site.


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