71/72 Kingsway

Swansea Labour behind plans revealed for public-influenced high-tech city building

Swansea’s Labour-led Council is behind plans for a ground breaking building allowing exciting young tech and creative businesses to grow have been unveiled for the city centre.

They show a glass-fronted structure rising six stories on the site of The Kingsway’s former Oceana nightclub. More than 600 people could work there.

The plans, assisted by feedback in a public consultation last year, feature two underground levels and a roof terrace with trees.

Other greenery, including a green roof, is part of the plans for the building, reflecting the Council’s commitment to green infrastructure. The building’s working title is 71/72 Kingsway.

The Labour administration wants to develop the striking creative hub, with access for the public. It includes a new link from Oxford Street onto The Kingsway.

The building will be high-tech, eco-friendly and have flexible open-plan work spaces including balconies overlooking the city centre.

Council leader and Labour Cllr Rob Stewart said: “71/72 Kingsway will cater for new and existing digital businesses, bringing them together in an ultra-modern flexible workspace environment, generating new jobs and vitality for the city centre.

“We’re talking to potential occupiers already and are confident of demand.

“We thank the public and business for their input so far – and ask them to give us feedback on the new plans that they’ve already greatly influenced.”

The public now has the chance to comment on the plans through an early-stage planning application process known as a pre-application consultation.

It’s online now and is open until February 21.

Once public feedback has been taken into account, a full planning application will be made in March. If planning permission is granted, construction could start early next year with it opening in late 2022.

Labour Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, the council’s cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: “71/72 Kingsway will be an incredible facility, a beacon for those working in the digital industries and educational sectors.

“It will attract leaders and innovators in those professional worlds to its collaborative and traditional working environments. There will be high quality digital connectivity along with accessible spaces for events and complementary work activities.

“It will be a focal point for local people to visit and enjoy, with cultural activities and potential for an exciting food and drink offer.

“I encourage people to have their say in this consultation and to be involved in this site’s exciting future. Many already have fond memories of the site’s previous uses as a cinema and club.”

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