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Incredible pictures show progress of Swansea arena

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Credit: Buckingham Group Contracting and Global Drone Surveys.

These pictures offer a spectacular bird’s-eye view of progress on the £135m Swansea Central Phase One scheme.

Credit: Buckingham Group Contracting and Global Drone Surveys.

You can see work nearing completion on the project’s giant steel frames.

The 3,500-capacity arena is going up next to the LC, on the site of the former Oystermouth Road car park, along with its adjoining two levels of parking with parkland to come on top.

Credit: Buckingham Group Contracting and Global Drone Surveys.

Over the other side of the main road – between Tesco and Iceland – is the steel frame of a larger multi-storey car park and the concrete core of a block that will become homes and commercial units.

Credit: Buckingham Group Contracting and Global Drone Surveys.

The two sides will be connected by a landmark broad footbridge.

Credit: Swansea Council

The arena, when complete, will have a metallic skin dramatically illuminated by thousands of LEDs.

The scheme is on the sites of the former Oystermouth Road and St Mary’s car parks – and around 950 new parking spaces will be provided there.

Main contractors Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd and their associates are working to rigorous safety and social distancing guidelines laid down by government and industry bodies.

Funding for this £135m regeneration scheme includes input from the council, the Swansea Bay City Deal and the Welsh Government. The City Deal will part-fund the arena and leading live entertainment firm ATG is to run it.

Rhys Gregory
Editor of Wales247.co.uk

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