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New images show inside of Kingsway office development

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New images show how the inside of the major new office development at the former Oceana nightclub site will look once it’s open.

The images show features of the building including its reception area, a flexible work space, a breakout area for businesses and an event hall.

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Swansea Council is developing the scheme, with main contractor Bouygues UK having now started foundation work on site.

Due for completion in the summer of 2023, the five-storey scheme will be carbon zero in operation and worth £32.6 million a year to Swansea’s economy when finished. It will include 114,000 square feet of commercial floor space with flexible co-working and office opportunities for businesses in sectors like tech, digital and the creative industries.

Artist’s impression of the inside of the new Kingsway office development (Image: Swansea Council)
Artist’s impression of the inside of the new Kingsway office development (Image: Swansea Council)
Artist’s impression of the inside of the new Kingsway office development (Image: Swansea Council)
Artist’s impression of the inside of the new Kingsway office development (Image: Swansea Council)
Artist’s impression of the inside of the new Kingsway office development (Image: Swansea Council)
Artist’s impression of the inside of the new Kingsway office development (Image: Swansea Council)

The development – which will provide space for 600 jobs – is part of the Swansea City and Waterfront Digital District project being part-funded by the £1.3 billion Swansea Bay City Deal. It is also supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

Traffic management is currently in place on part of The Kingsway to enable the arrival of concrete for the foundation works.

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: “These new images show what a high-quality, modern and flexible development this will be for the business community, with demand for a scheme of this kind remaining significant in Swansea despite the pandemic having led to more home working in recent times.

“The development will help retain Swansea’s business talent in growing sectors like tech and digital, helping further boost the local economy, create more footfall in the city centre and give businesses the facilities they need to expand, thrive and generate more jobs for local people.”

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A roof terrace, a new link between The Kingsway and Oxford Street, public access and balconies overlooking the city centre and Swansea Bay will also feature as part of the development.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism, said: “Following on from a major improvement of The Kingsway’s look and feel led by the council, this scheme will complement private sector investment in the area which is either complete or planned to generate even more vitality.

“Schemes like the Coppergate student development, the planned ‘living building’ led by Hacer Developments and the refurbishment of the Potters Wheel building led by Coastal Housing are a vote of confidence in all the improvement work we’ve carried out.”

Access to businesses nearby will be maintained throughout the construction works. Temporary surfacing has been deliberately laid in front of the development site, with permanent paving to be installed there once main construction work has finished.

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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First homes released for sale at new Penllergaer development

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National housebuilder, Bellway Homes has released the first homes for sale at a housing development in Penllergaer, after a sales office was launched on site.

Bellway is building 184 properties at Parc Mawr, on land off Brynrhos Crescent to the south of Penllergaer.

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The development will include 147 two, three and four-bedroom houses for private sale and 37 affordable homes available for local people through shared ownership or rent, as well as public open space including a children’s play area.

The first residents are expected to move into their new homes in January 2023, with building work progressing well at the site.

Dan Shone, Sales Manager for Bellway Wales, said: “The launch of the sales office on this development marks a significant milestone for the site, allowing prospective housebuyers the chance to secure the first properties that have now been released onto the market.

“This development is situated in an attractive village location just six miles from the centre of Swansea, and the range of properties on offer here will appeal to buyers with different needs and budgets.

“Families with young children will appreciate that Penllergaer Primary School is within walking distance and was rated ‘excellent’ in all categories by Estyn in its most recent report.

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“Meanwhile, commuters can take advantage of the proximity of Junction 47 of the M4, and Gowerton railway station which is just five miles away for regular services into Swansea.

“There’s a growing need for new high-quality housing in the Swansea area and we look forward to helping meet this need, building on our reputation as a first-class housebuilder in Wales.”

This is the first phase in the major strategic development site at Penllergaer, which could accommodate up to 1,000 new homes in the coming years along with a new link road and primary school.

(Lead image: Bellway Homes)

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Leading city politicians give views on Penderyn progress at Morfa Copperworks

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Some of Swansea’s most senior politicians have toured a regeneration scheme set to be a new attraction for a leading Welsh business.

Swansea Council’s regeneration of the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks is well underway and will soon be handed over to drinks specialists Penderyn.

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Restored buildings and new neighbouring structures delighted council cabinet members who were shown around.

The site is being revamped by Swansea firm John Weaver Contractors on behalf of Swansea Council.

Swansea Council cabinet members at the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks. (Image: Swansea Council)
Swansea Council cabinet members at the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks. (Image: Swansea Council)

Cabinet member Robert Francis-Davies said: “It’s wonderful to see the roof almost finished on the remarkable powerhouse – it shows that significant progress is being made.

“This initiative is going to be a big boost for our work on regenerating this part of the Lower Swansea Valley.

“Much of the scaffolding around the iconic powerhouse building is gone so the scheme is clearly taking shape.

Cabinet member Elliott King said: “Other parts of the Lower Swansea Valley were, only 60 years ago, a post-industrial wasteland. They’re now full of business, shopping and leisure opportunities for Swansea people – Penderyn will add to that.

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“One of the distillery project’s main new features – a walkway between the Penderyn visitor centre and their barrel store – is well advanced and it’s good to see some of the external landscaping being crafted.

“We plan other attractions in the Lower Swansea Valle Area, including the Skyline adrenalin-fuelled visitor attraction, so these are exciting times.”

How the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks looks today as it undergoes regeneration. (Image: Swansea Council)
How the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks looks today as it undergoes regeneration. (Image: Swansea Council)

Work continues on the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks site that’s due to become a new visitor attraction for Penderyn Whisky next year.

The council scheme will bring new life to the historic site’s powerhouse and outbuildings. An on-site distillery will add to the company’s existing facilities.

The work has been made possible thanks to a £3.75m grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund in Wales.

Council leader Rob Stewart said: “We’re protecting our heritage for future generations and it’s great to see the restoration of this historic copperworks site leading the regeneration of the lower River Tawe corridor. 

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“Nearby heritage sites also being saved include two copperworks engine houses, the Palace Theatre building and the Albert Hall.” 

Construction at the copperworks began in summer 2020. The council aims to hand over the site for Penderyn’s fit-out this year. The scheme is part of the city’s £1bn regeneration programme that will help see Swansea grow. 

How the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks will look once Penderyn take up residence. (Image: Swansea Council)

The Lower Swansea Valley became the world leading centre for copper smelting in the 18th century. The Hafod-Morfa Copperworks site is of international importance, becoming the world’s largest copperworks in the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th century. 

The council secured the National Lottery Heritage Fund grant for the expansive Hafod-Morfa site’s transformation work, with additional works to other historical buildings in the vicinity supported by Welsh Government Regeneration funding. 

Lead image: Swansea Council cabinet members at the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks. (Image: Swansea Council)

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University expertise to help new ‘Living Building’ residents to grow own food on roof

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Swansea University’s Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research (CSAR) is a key partner in a pioneering ‘Biophilic Living‘ initiative which is said to provide a radical new approach to living and working within the city.

A first for the UK, the University says this unique project will trial a new, scalable model that is set to change the way we conceive of inner-city housing in Wales.

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The construction will transform the former Woolworths store on Oxford Street in central Swansea – opposite Waterstones bookshop – and feature a new adjoining 13-storey structure.

It will be a mixed-use building with affordable and shared ownership housing, retail and low carbon commercial office space.

Residents will have the capacity to grow their own produce using the integral urban farm facility. Featuring two south-facing greenhouses at roof level, the building will use an aquaponics system, developed by Swansea University academics, designed to produce up to 4.5 tonnes of fruits, vegetables, salads and herbs per year.

Aquaponics is a food production system that creates a continuous cycle where waste produced by fish, living in on-site tanks, adds nutrients to the water which feeds the greenhouse plants. The water is then filtered and recirculated back into the system. The process will be explained in an educational public display on the ground floor of the tower

The project has been awarded funding through the Welsh Government Innovative Housing Programme.

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Professor Geoff Proffitt, head of biosciences at Swansea University, explains: “The Biophilic Living development will clearly be an inspirational building for the people who will live and work there, but it is more than an exciting home and workplace. The building will be driven through with cutting-edge biological, design, and engineering innovations. It will be a living, working example of great design, innovation and existing technology combining to support and nurture human health and wellbeing.

“The Biophilic Living plan and the ethos that underpins its design and development is a focus for change, the start of a new sustainable, Biophilic urban regeneration of Swansea. If we are to fully respond to increasing global challenges, urban development and redevelopment will have to take a lead.

“The project will contribute to local and global goals to address the climate change emergency, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

“Architects, designers, engineers and scientists will need to combine their skills to respond to these complex and immediate challenges. Biophilic Living is our first example of this collaborative approach”.

Swansea-based Hacer Developments is behind the scheme which has been designed by Swansea architects Powell Dobson. It is a result of extensive collaborative working among a range of local organisations, including Swansea University, the Active Building Centre, Public Health Wales, Swansea Community Farm and Sero Homes Ltd.

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The ‘living building’ is being funded by a mixture of private sector funding and funding from the Welsh Government’s Innovative Housing Programme, Pobl and the Development Bank of Wales.

The building is earmarked for completion by the end of 2023.

(Lead image: Powell Dobson / Hacer Developments)

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