Swansea Council agrees to spend £110m on indoor events arena

A £110m indoor arena has been given the go-ahead to be built in Swansea.

The council hopes to transform the LC Swansea and St David's Car Park on Oystermouth Road into a 3,500-capacity venue.

The project is part of Swansea Central phase one, a £120m city centre regeneration scheme for which planning was approved in 2018.

It is hoped to bring more investment, jobs and business to the city.

A bridge across Oystermouth Road will link the arena to a new car park. Credit: Swansea Council

A new pedestrian bridge over Oystermouth Road will link the arena to a new multi-storey car park and a building containing 15 retail units and 36 flats.

Phase one of the Swansea Central regeneration scheme is estimated to bring a total of more than 20,000 sq m of public space to the city.

The car park - the first to be built in the city since Victorian times - is hoped to improve connections from the city to the coast and bay.

There have also been proposals for a new high quality hotel on the arena site. Credit: Swansea Council

The leader of the council said the vote was a "do or die" moment for 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.


An artist impression video shows how the finished project - expected to open in late 2020 - might look.