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Historic Swansea park landmark set for new lease of life

The Swiss Cottage. Pic: Swansea Council

An historic Swansea building has a bright new future thanks to its new leaseholder.

Swansea Council has just leased Singleton Park’s Swiss Cottage to city-based Tifa Properties.

Swansea-born Michael Border, a Tifa director, plans to transform the location into a focal point for park users.

He’s eager for more people to enjoy the grade two listed building and its spectacular parkland surroundings.

He plans a café plus separate food and drink units – and plenty of undercover seating.

To help him do that he’ll seek heritage funding and planning approvals. Agencies he’ll liaise with include the council and historic monuments body Cadw.

Mr Border said: “I see it becoming a day-time hub for the community. We want to know what local people would like and we’re talking to groups who use the park.”

Council leader Rob Stewart said: “We’re delighted that a local business has taken on this exceptional property. It has a bright future.”

The cottage has been vacant in recent years; the council has maintained it.

Mr Border plans to tidy up the exterior and fit out the interior. The cottage’s look won’t change.