£120m scheme to regenerate Swansea city centre approved

Credit: Artist impression/Swansea Council

Plans for a £120million scheme to regenerate Swansea city centre have been given the go ahead.

The development near Swansea Marina will provide homes and a new indoor arena for the city.

Full planning permission was granted for the Swansea Central Phase One scheme.

Building will start soon for a 3,500-capacity digital indoor arena, coastal park, digital plaza, a 'gateway' landmark pedestrian bridge, new homes and premises for retail, food and drink.

The project is likely to be a catalyst for city-wide regeneration.

Council leader Rob Stewart said the project will help attract businesses to the city.

Our 3,500-capacity state-of-the-art arena will be the first such venue in the UK to be wrapped in a dynamic digital skin. It will be a unique draw for Swansea, will generate hundreds of new jobs and a £65m annual boost to the local economy.

Rob Stewart, Swansea Council leader
Credit: Artist impression/Swansea Council

It is estimated to bring a total of more than 20,000 sq m of public space to the city.

What's planned for Swansea Central Phase One?

  • A 3,500-capacity state-of-the-art arena that will be the first such venue in the UK to be wrapped in a dynamic digital skin

  • New parkland with parking underneath - the first new park in the city since Victorian times - which will help connect the city to the coast and bay

  • New pedestrian bridge which will connect the city centre with the arena and Marina.

  • Proposals for a new high quality hotel on the arena site.

The scheme will be built over the next two years either side of Oystermouth Road – on the LC car park and St Mary’s car park.