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Plans Lodged for High-Tech Swansea Building

Plans for a groundbreaking Swansea city centre building allowing high tech and creative businesses to grow have been submitted for planning permission.
 
The planning application shows a glass-fronted structure rising six stories, while the plans 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 Swansea Council’s commitment to green infrastructure. The building’s working title is 71 and 72 Kingsway.
 
The council 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 focus on being high-tech, eco-friendly and utilising flexible open-plan work spaces.
 
Council leader Rob Stewart says:
 
“We thank the public and business for their input so far – it has been invaluable. The plans they’ve influenced so much will now go through the formal planning process.
 
71 and 72 Kingsway will cater for new and existing digital businesses, bringing them together in an ultra-modern flexible workspace environment, generating new jobs, vitality and green space for the city centre.”
 

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If planning permission is granted, construction could start early next year with it opening in late 2022.
 
The building is one of Swansea’s major regeneration projects now underway. It will stand close to the planned new Biophilic Living. An eco-friendly building with homes and commercial space being driven by Wales-based Hacer. 71 and 72 Kingsway’s own environmentally-friendly elements include sustainable drainage and a green wall.
 
The development forms part of the Swansea City and Waterfront Digital District project, being part-funded by the £1.3 billion Swansea Bay City Deal.
 
The first £18 million of City Deal funding has now been released by the UK Government and Welsh Government, based on the approval of two projects including the Swansea City and Waterfront Digital District.
 
Robert Francis-Davies, the council’s cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, says:
 
“71 and 72 Kingsway will be an incredible facility, a beacon for those working in the digital industries and educational sectors.
 
“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.”
 
The site is located between The Kingsway and Oxford Street, at the heart of Swansea city centre. It incorporates part of a former surface car park in Picton Lane and neighbouring access lanes
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