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Kingsway works progress towards new contractor appointment

The £12m transformation of The Kingsway and its neighbouring streets continues to make strides.

Kingsway proposed layout (Potter's Wheel roundabout view)

Swansea Council has been working with its framework construction partner the Swansea Highway Partnership (SHP) to ensure progress on this landmark project following main contractor Dawnus going into administration. 

This interim arrangement has ensured that work has been visibly progressing on site in advance of a new contractual arrangement being agreed with anew main contractor in the second half of this month (note: May).

Work has been progressing in Orchard Street and The Kingsway to continue landscaping and creating new footways and linkages so that access to business and for the public is unhindered in light of Dawnus  departing unexpectedly in March.

Council leader Rob Stewart said: "I'm grateful to council officers and contractors with the Swansea Highways Partnership who have carried out important work in recent weeks.

"The abrupt departure of Dawnus left us with a number of issues to tackle on site and they have been done with limited fuss and in a way which has kept these major streets safe, open and accessible to shoppers, businesses, motorists and pedestrians.

"We're now in a position to award the contract for the remainder of the project's main works. We aim to re-start those works before the end of May.

"The work will continuing seamlessly under the new contract and we continue to discuss the construction schedule with the prospective new main contractor. The aim remains to complete most of the work on The Kingsway itself this year, with finishing touches early next year.

"The importance of such a key scheme in the ongoing regeneration of our city centre cannot be underestimated and that is why some works have been undertaken in recent weeks.

"Our main focus has been getting a new contractor on board as quickly as possible so we can get on with completing this much needed regeneration scheme for Swansea."

Work is transforming the Kingsway into a city park incorporating new public areas, landscaped park land, cycle tracks and two-way single lane vehicle route along with the creation of wider pedestrian walkways.

The Kingsway is being transformed into a more attractive environment for people to live, work and visit.

The Kingsway and Orchard Street will have a two-lane road, with one lane running in each direction with the space gained from the reduction in road space allowing for more public space with improved pedestrian and cycling routes, green landscaping and a new "pocket" park at The Kingsway Circle.   

Two-way traffic will return to Mansel Street, De La Beche Street, Grove Place, Alexandra Road and Belle Vue Way..

The changes form part of a wider plan to regenerate the city centre and are a critical element of the Swansea Bay City Deal proposals.

These will lead to the creation of jobs within a Kingsway digital village, featuring incubation spaces for start-up/small businesses working in the ICT, tech and creative industry sectors - focused on the site of the former Oceana nightclub.  Preparation works to create a new link between this site and the bus station are due to be completed soon.

The Swansea Highways Partnership (SHP) is a partnership between the council and Griffiths and Hanson.

 

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