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

An artist impression shows what the arena might look like. Credit: Swansea Council

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.

It will help us attract more hotels, retailers, restaurants and other leisure offerings. Today’s approval by the planning committee is not the end of the journey but the start.

– ROB STEWART, SWANSEA COUNCIL LEADER, speaking in 2018

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