Phase one of construction on £1bn transformation has begun
RivingtonHark has announced that construction of Swansea Central has started. Phase 1 of the £1bn transformation of Swansea city centre is being delivered by Swansea City Council and developed by RivingtonHark.
Due for completion in mid-2021 it will be anchored by the multi-functional arena and conference centre, operated by the global leader in live theatre, The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG). Phase one also includes a green wall, the 1.1-acre coastal park, providing attractive green spaces as well as facilities for outdoor events, a new hotel and 960 new parking spaces.
Phase two of the ‘Swansea Central’ transformation is also under-way with an update to the design feasibility being undertaken. It will include further new homes, new office space, retail and leisure along with more public realm improvements.
Spencer Winter, projects director of RivingtonHark, said: “‘Swansea Central’ will not only be a destination for world-class entertainment, but also a new urban neighbourhood for people. It marries uncompromising architecture and design with facilities that will draw people and business into the city, supporting the city’s ambitions to be a leading business and leisure destination.”
Rob Stewart, leader of Swansea Council, commented: “The start on site of ‘Swansea Central’ marks a huge step in the major evolution of Swansea. From our spectacular beach and historical landmarks, to our world-leading universities and institutions, Swansea provides a wealth of opportunity that has been undervalued for too long.”