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Castle Square Gardens transformation takes new step

How the new Castle Square Gardens will look.

Contractors working on behalf of Swansea Council are about to start ground condition tests as the project to transform Castle Square moves forward.

The work will help better understand what’s beneath the site’s surface, including elements such as services, soil and water conditions.

The results will help the council put in place a regeneration scheme that’s been informed by much public consultation.

Council leader Rob Stewart said: “Our much improved Castle Square Gardens will be a vital element in our ongoing £1bn regeneration programme for Swansea.

“Work on site over a small number of days from November 20 will help design and construction teams understand the challenges presented by areas hidden from view.

“During this test work we aim to keep disturbance to the public to a minimum.”

The council’s contractors will work in a small number of small fenced off areas. Castle Square will remain open and there’ll be no disturbance to forthcoming Christmas activity.

The subsequent main work will see today’s tired-looking Castle Square become greener and more welcoming to all.

It will include:

  • The addition of two pavilion buildings for food, drink or retail businesses – one with an accessible green roof
  • An increase in the amount of other greenery, including new lawns, ornamental and biodiverse planting to provide an area with 40% green space
  • A new water feature for interactive play
  • New giant TV screen above a bandstand-style facility
  • New outdoor seating areas
  • The retention of public use space