Swansea Labour party says that the construction work going on in the city is just the start of something big as the £1.3m Swansea Bay deal starts to take shape.
The Swansea skyline is starting to get populated with busy cranes, and there are hi-viz jackets and hard hats populating the city. That will increase as work starts on the digital arena.
And the message from those driving the city’s radical transformation is: “This is just the start of something big!”
Swansea Labour leader Rob Stewart said: “All this positive energy shows that Swansea is building for the brightest of futures.
“Our streets bustling with building activity proves that the city means business for its residents, traders and visitors.
“This incredible amount of heavy plant and high number of construction workers should give the whole population great confidence.
“It will link the city centre to the waterfront, see many more people enjoying leisure time in the city centre, bring work and trade.”
Major work under way includes:
- The creation of a new urban park with improved accessibility on The Kingsway and its neighbouring streets
- Preparation work for a digital village in and around the former Oceana site for tech businesses. Thus is due to be part-funded, subject to the approval of a business case, by the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal
- The creation of hundreds of new student homes in Orchard Street and The Kingsway.
Major work to come includes:
- Swansea Central phase 1 near the LC and the Tesco superstore – including a 3,500 capacity digital indoor arena and digital square due to be part-funded, subject to the approval of a business case, by the City Deal. Other elements of the project include parkland, a broad pedestrian bridge, car parking, and residential and commercial units.
- Swansea Central phase 2 between Castle Square and Oystermouth Road – a mix of retail and leisure alongside a business school.
- A new look for Castle Square – making better use of this vital public space.
- New student accommodation in Mariner Street.
- The roll-out of hi-tech BT Inlinks which will replace city centre phone booths and provide free, fast public Wi-Fi.
Cllr Stewart added: “I thank residents, businesses and visitors for their support and patience while this amazing transformation goes ahead.
“Projects as large and complex as this inevitably mean some disruption but we’re keeping it to the minimum possible – and the end result will be lots of new jobs, a greener, friendlier city centre and a destination to be proud of.”