A top name hotel is set to be built on the site of the indoor arena as part of the £135m transformation scheme, the Swansea Labour-led Council has announced.
Cairn Group has been unveiled as the preferred bidder for a new hotel on Swansea Central Phase One site near LC2 and they work with international hotel brands such as Hilton, HIG and Accor.
And the design of the scheme’s landmark bridge was also unveiled. It is a playful and spectacular gold-coloured interpretation of a striking swan figure. It was designed by respected Swansea artist Marc Rees in collaboration with contemporary architect, ACME.
Swansea Central Phase One is being developed by Swansea Council as a catalyst for wider city centre regeneration. It includes the 3,500-capacity indoor arena, new parkland, almost 1,000 new car parking spaces, commercial units and more than 30 homes.
It is due to be open in the second half of next year. World-leading theatre company ATG will run the arena.
Key funding assistance has come from the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal – for the arena – and from the Welsh Government’s Active Travel Fund for the bridge.
Council leader and Swansea Labour leader Rob Stewart said: “This is another big day in this transformative project, part of our £1bn-plus rebuilding of the city centre, something the people of Swansea have wanted for a long time.
“I’m delighted to welcome partners here for the latest major announcements and to update them on the exciting progress we’ve made since the start of main construction work in November.
“I’m pleased to announce we have selected our preferred bidder for the new hotel site – Cairn Group are the best in the business in running top class hotels, including venues for big brands such as Hilton, IHG and Accor. This again demonstrates our promise to bring global brands to Swansea.
“The bridge design by Marc Rees, created in collaboration with top rate architects ACME, will provide a dramatic, eye catching new gateway to Swansea. It’s fun, outward looking and forward thinking.
“Swansea Central Phase One will help us become one of the most exciting places in the UK to live, work, study and enjoy.”
Swansea Central Phase One is being built near the hugely popular LC leisure centre over both sides of the busy Oystermouth Road. The new broad bridge – up to 12m wide – will link the two halves of the expansive site and will provide a strong link between city and sea.
Key business involved include development manager RivingtonHark and principal contractor Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd.
The new hotel will have 150 rooms and will overlook the arena and Marina. Designs of the new hotel will be released in the coming weeks.
Neeraj Handa, director of the Cairn Group, said: “The opportunity in Swansea is huge.
“The new arena alone is set to attract over 230,000 visitors a year to the city, from business visitors using the new conferencing facilities to holiday-makers taking in a show.
“The major improvements across the city, teamed with the remarkable local beaches and attractions, will ensure Swansea becomes an unrivalled destination to visit in the UK, and the demand for quality hotel rooms will boost the current supply.
“Added attractions will include a gym for hotel guests, alongside a public bar and restaurant, adding a new dimension to Swansea’s evening offer.”