Swansea Makeover

 

Swansea Central Development gets go ahead, creating over 500 new jobs

A masterplan to transform Swansea city centre has been given the green light, giving a much needed boost to the city, creating jobs for quantity surveyors, civil engineers, building engineers and graduates. 

A recent study by Swansea Council into the effects of the development has identified that the development project will generate £35m in construction contracts and will bring with it over 560 jobs during the construction phase managed by Rivington Land, spanning a 24 month project duration. 

The first phase of the development will see the construction of an all new 3,500 capacity digital indoor arena and ‘digital square’.

 

Findings from an economic impact study further highlighted that the creation of the planned digital indoor arena, hotel and other facilities, once fully operational, will generate £12m a year to Swansea’s economy, augmenting 470 new jobs.

Town Planning Leader for Swansea Council Rob Stewart commented: 

“The Swansea Central development is vitally important to the city centre, not just because of the top quality facilities residents and visitors will enjoy, but also because of the jobs and opportunities it will generate for Swansea people and Swansea businesses”.

“It’s important that local firms are part of the development so that the jobs local people need are created locally and the money we spend on building our new city stays within and benefits the region”.

“These new jobs will contribute to the 35,000 new jobs we plan to create from the City Deal and other projects”.

“With work on phase one of the Swansea Central development due to start on site next year, we’re on track for the digital square, hotel, new car park, new pedestrianised bridge over Oystermouth Road and new digital indoor arena to be up and running by 2020, which will create hundreds more jobs, act as a catalyst for other city centre sites and generate more footfall and spending for existing traders”.

“This will then help attract even more investment in future.”

“It’s important that local firms are part of the development so that the jobs local people need are created locally and the money we spend on building our new city stays within and benefits the region”.

“These new jobs will contribute to the 35,000 new jobs we plan to create from the City Deal and other projects”.

“With work on phase one of the Swansea Central development due to start on site next year, we’re on track for the digital square, hotel, new car park, new pedestrianised bridge over Oystermouth Road and new digital indoor arena to be up and running by 2020, which will create hundreds more jobs, act as a catalyst for other city centre sites and generate more footfall and spending for existing traders”.

“This will then help attract even more investment in future.”

The Theatre Group Ambassador will be managing the digital indoor arena, with the capacity to host over 200 days of concerts, exhibitions a year.

The second phase of the Swansea Central development there will bring with it new shops, restaurants, cafes, and cinema on the site of the former St David’s shopping centre site.

Construction and cicil engineering company Margam said local firms would feel the benefits of the development.

In their statement they said: 

“All the schemes are capable of being done there by local companies”.

“It’s a massive investment for the Swansea city region and the city centre”.

In conclusion, this project will hopefully provide the impetus for further traction and an uplift in regeneration projects gaining funding and approval for other major cities in Wales creating much needed construction jobs.

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Sven Andersson