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Council seeks delivery partners to create a new Castle Garden Square

A top-class development team is being sought to create and manage the delivery of an exciting new look for Swansea city centre's Castle Square area.

Castle Square

Swansea Council is inviting professional teams to submit bids for the project management contract due begin this July.

The work will transform the site over the next two years, create a new look and link the new Kingsway City Park with the new Swansea Central development - including a multifunctional digital arena and conference centre - by mid-2020.

The new-look garden square will remain in public ownership. It will continue to be the city centre's focal public space.

Enhancements to this important city space could include a restaurant, high quality sustainable design and more green space recognising the square's garden history.

It will remain a year-round destination, practical for events, pop-up uses, commercial, seasonal, cultural opportunities, informal play and activity.

Council leader Rob Stewart said: "Castle Garden Square will complement - and be key to - the city centre's incredible regeneration plans which will also include a people-friendly Kingsway, 3,500-capacity digital arena and a digital business village.

"The square is a very important location and one of the key city spaces, overlooked by our historic castle.

"It's currently looking tired and needs to be significantly improved to ensure it continues to be a landmark focal point at the heart of our new city.

"The aim will be to ensure the new design will capture the charm of the original Castle Gardens but have the flexibility to cater for events in the way the square currently does.

"We are determined to make Swansea a destination of choice for shopping, eating, leisure activities, days out for families and an enjoyable, welcoming environment for residents and visitors alike.

"We want to increase the number of people working and living in Swansea and bring high-quality jobs to the area. The £1.3bn city deal is helping deliver that, and creation of a new-look Castle Garden Square will be another major milestone in creating a modern vibrant Swansea."

The deadline for competitive tender bids from professional development teams is April 30.

The chosen developer's duties - working alongside council officers and other professionals - will include a comprehensive review and feasibility study, the marketing, design and consultation for the overhaul work and the development, delivery and implementation of the plan. More: www.bit.ly/2qgZmSR


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