It will take shape on the river’s western bank, around 1.5 miles upstream from the Tawe Barrage and next to the former Hafod Morfa Copperworks site which is being transformed as part of the council’s ongoing £1bn city regeneration.
Once complete, the pontoon – which has planning permission – will be available for use by groups that already use the river, including Copper Jack cruises, the City of Swansea Rowing Club and Swansea University Rowing Club.
Work is due to be complete this month. It will include new railings and gates, as well as energy-efficient LED lighting – all of which have already been installed.
The pontoon project’s funding included support from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, which is funded by the European Union and Welsh Government (main pontoon and lighting) and from the Welsh Government’s Small Scale Coastal Infrastructure Scheme (stainless steel gates and railings).
Main contractors are pontoon specialists Inland and Coastal Marina Systems.
Council cabinet member Robert Francis-Davies said:
“The Tawe was at the heart of Swansea life for many years; it will be again in future as we breathe more life into the river corridor for the benefit of local people and visitors.
“Our new river pontoon – plus two others we plan – will help bring more people to attractions like the copperworks. Already, Penderyn has recently opened an operational distillery and visitor centre there.
“The pontoons form part of a wider project that’ll celebrate Swansea’s rich history, create jobs for local people and open up innovative new spaces for local businesses.”
Plans for the pontoon being installed were drawn up for the council by heritage specialists Ashley Davies Architects and structural specialists Mann Williams.
The structure will sit alongside an existing river walk and a disused historic quay wall. Quayside and pontoon will be linked by a bridgehead platform and footbridge.
The pontoon and neighbouring quayside will have safety equipment, signs and wall ladders. New life buoys will be installed along with lockable gates for key holders.
The structure – mainly in steel and concrete, and with buoyancy units – will rise and fall with river levels.
A home for otters has been installed on the river as part of the scheme.
The other two planned pontoons – one close to the junction of The Strand and New Cut Road, and one at Morfa Quay near the Swansea.com Stadium, plus a Swansea Museum extension, further transformation of the copperworks and improvements to The Strand, are part of a £28.7m Lower Swansea Valley improvement project being led by the council and part-funded by the UK Government’s Levelling Up programme.
[Lead image: Swansea Council]
Minister visits Llanelli’s Coedcae school to unveil new Wales-wide maths and literacy improvement plan
An evening of entertainment with Dan Biggar coming to Swansea
New look for Victoria Gardens children’s play area is completed
Council agrees sale of sprawling former asylum in Carmarthen
Search continues for missing Nantgaredig woman
Three arrests after Sandfields home attacked with ‘weapons’
Clydach school shares community hub success story
Key back in contention for Swans as Bolasie targets debut in Leeds
Celebrity MasterChef winner Wynne Evans hosts banquet at Old Point House to celebrate PDO status for its laverbread
Swans sign former Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie
Popular Swansea pub set for grand re-opening after £279,000 makeover
Refurbished Llansamlet Go Outdoors store gets ready to reward shoppers at opening event
New light being shone on popular seafront promenade
Funding boost for Mumbles women’s fashion shop
Work completed on River Tawe pontoon
Aldi Fforestfach celebrates grand opening with help from Paralympian
Specsavers to invest more than £400,000 in new Mumbles store
Castle Square transformation takes new step
Rhod Gilbert chooses Llansteffan Beach for Stand Up To Cancer filming location
Photo treasure trove charts key decades in Swansea’s rich history
Business6 days ago
Plans submitted for sustainable aviation fuel plant in Port Talbot
Sport7 days ago
Record medal haul for Welsh Martial Arts competitors at World Championships
Resolven6 days ago
Resolven teen charged with stabbing 16-year-old boy
Morriston7 days ago
Five Swansea play areas set for a makeover
Port Talbot7 days ago
£27m granted for projects to regenerate Port Talbot and restore historic bridge
Llanelli4 days ago
Scarlets and Ospreys announce team for West Wales Derby
Bridgend2 days ago
Independent pharmacy chain pick up former Lloyds pharmacy branches
Dyfed Powys Police4 days ago
Trimsaran ‘deluded and ill-tempered’ driver who ‘used car as a weapon’ is jailed