Swansea Labour is delighted work to regenerate one of Wales’ most historic industrial sites is making good headway thanks to funding support.
£1.1m for the project has come from the Welsh Government’s Targeted Regeneration and Investment (TRI) Programme 2018-21 with the funding being used to help refurbish former industrial sites in and around the Hafod-Morfa and White Rock sites.
Labour Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: “We’re turning the Copperworks area into something of which Swansea will be proud in future.
“Multi-million pound investment is already being made there; this TRI funding will be another enormous help.
“Swansea is a city on the up – the hundreds of millions of pounds being invested around the city are testament to that. As we celebrate our first 50 years as a city, the good news story gets better and better.”
Hannah Blythyn, Welsh Government Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister, said: “This funding will be used to improve the site to attract some exciting businesses and developments to the Copperworks. I’m looking forward to watching it grow and flourish, creating jobs and bringing more investment to Swansea.
Existing plans to revitalise the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks site, a former hotbed of industry, include Penderyn Distillery expanding there and work to preserve a series of historic buildings and structures, including the powerhouse. This element is being funded by a successful council application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for a £3.75m grant.
Complementary plans for the area include a cable car and a high-speed zip wire ride from Kilvey Hill.
TRI-funded schemes at the Copperworks include the removal, restoration and reinstatement of the early 20th century Morfa Bascule Bridge and the refurbishment of the shell and cores of the Musgrave and Vivian Engine Houses. This work is already underway.
Funders for the Copperworks schemes are the council, the Welsh Government and historic environment service Cadw.