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Businesses eager to help council deliver a greener Castle Garden Square

A number of businesses are bidding to supply a development team to create and manage the delivery of a greener Castle Square area in Swansea city centre.


Swansea Council invited development managers to participate in the tendering process and 13 responses were received. Council officers will now shortlist the bidders and, next month, invite formal tenders for the work.

The site could be transformed over the next two years with a new look, linking the new Kingsway City Park with the new Swansea Central development.

Its green areas will complement one of the city centre's biggest ever tree-planting operations which will see around 170 new trees planted as The Kingsway and Orchard Street become a green artery for the city.

The new-look Castle Garden Square will remain in public ownership. It will continue to be the city centre's focal public space. Enhancements could include more green space recognising the square's garden history, a restaurant and a high quality design.

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 be key to the city centre's incredible regeneration plans which include a people-friendly Kingsway with new grassed areas and new trees, a 3,500-capacity digital arena and a digital business village.

"The square is an important location and a key city space, overlooked by our historic castle. It will be improved to ensure it remains a landmark focal point at the heart of our city. We want the new design to add more greenery to the city centre and have the flexibility to cater for events in the way the square currently does.

"We're 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 numbers 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 chosen development team's duties - working alongside council officers and other professionals - will include a review and feasibility study, the marketing, design and consultation for the overhaul and the implementation of the plan.

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