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More early works to prepare for Swansea city centre scheme

Credit: Swansea Council

More investigation works will soon take place at a Swansea city centre development site as preparations for major regeneration plans continue.

The works will be carried out by regeneration specialist Urban Splash as part of working up proposals for the site in the area of the former St David’s Shopping Centre in partnership with experienced real estate developer Milligan.

Following on from a day of similar works last month, the next site investigation works will start from Monday May 13 and will last for about a week.

A section of the grassed area outside St David’s Church Hall will be fenced off while the works are ongoing, with every effort made to ensure minimum disruption to the public.

Urban Splash is Swansea Council’s long-term regeneration partner for a number of sites in the city centre and on the waterfront. Detailed mixed-use proposals for the St David’s site are currently in development and will include a public sector hub as well as a new city office quarter, generating new jobs within the region as well as boosting city centre footfall for surrounding businesses and beyond.

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: “Led by Urban Splash in partnership with Milligan, the plans for the former St David’s Shopping Centre site area are a key part of our city centre’s ongoing £1bn transformation, which is continuing at pace.

“They’ll add to all other schemes that are either complete or planned to create a more vibrant city centre for residents, businesses and visitors, while also creating jobs for local people.”

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism, said: “Once they’re ready, detailed plans for this scheme will be made available for public feedback. They’ll help create a fantastic new area linking the city centre with the new bridge over Oystermouth Road, Swansea Arena and the coastal park, while also generating more footfall for our existing businesses.

“Site investigation works are a normal part of any major redevelopment scheme, but they show the progress that’s now being made on these plans, which are part of our commitment to deliver a more thriving city centre for the benefit of all.”

Other sites set to be redeveloped by Urban Splash in the coming years include the Civic Centre site on the seafront. Proposals for that site will also be made available for public feedback once they’re developed in more detail.