Plans for a groundbreaking building allowing exciting new tech and creative businesses to grow have been unveiled for Swansea city centre.
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.
Swansea 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 be high-tech, eco-friendly and have flexible open-plan work spaces including balconies overlooking the city centre.
The public now has the chance to comment on the plans through an early-stage planning application process. Once public feedback has been taken into account, a full planning application will be made next month. 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 and 71/72 Kingsway’s 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 £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal. The first £18m 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.
The team helping the council to deliver the project includes WSP, Arch00, Gleeds, The Urbanists and Cushman and Wakefield.