Apartments, shops, businesses and restaurants in pipeline as fresh plans in Coastal Housing's £25m Urban Village submitted
Plans have been submitted for the second phase of the £25m Urban Village in Swansea
Work is expected to start later this year on the next stage of Swansea's £25m Urban Village regeneration project after plans were submitted for the second phase of the scheme.
Architect Holder Mathias has put forward proposals for the next phase of the project which will include the construction of 30,000 sq ft of commercial and office space as well as the transformation of the Kings Lane warehouse.
The first phase of Urban Village, completed in spring 2013, is already transforming Swansea High Street into a vibrant commercial environment for shopping, eating and working with shops, office space and 76 two-bedroom affordable residential apartments.
When the second phase, expected to begin construction in spring 2014, is complete, the multi-use scheme will include 76 apartments, commercial space, retail and food outlets linked by a mix of courtyard spaces.
At the centre of the development will be a creative hub which is set to be the first regeneration space in Wales to be a dedicated work space for commercial creative industries.
Terry Morley, partner at Holder Mathias, said: “We are delighted that we are moving forward with the scheme that will see the completion of this important regeneration project on which we have worked with Coastal Group for almost 15 years.
“The scheme has already had a significant impact in transforming the High Street and Strand area of Swansea while retaining the area’s historical identity, and we hope that the second phase will continue the process.
“The influx of creative industries will help rebuild the economic identity dynamic providing a vibrant place for people to live and work close to the facilities of the city centre.”
Ian Couzens, Coastal Housing Group’s interim director of development, said: “The Urban Village is already helping to regenerate High Street by attracting new businesses and increasing footfall into an area of the city which has been neglected for some time.
“As we look to start work on phase two, it’s an exciting time for the development, with the creation of a ‘Creative Cluster’ which will provide a hub for small, independent creative businesses and add to Swansea’s already growing creative landscape.
“Once complete, the Urban Village will help make High Street a destination in its own right once again and benefit Swansea’s city centre as a whole.”
I'm interested in all development in South Wales as IMO it all impacts Cardiff and likewise development in Cardiff affects elsewhere. I'm a native of Bridgend, renting in Canton and soon to be moving permanently to Grangetown (fingers crossed) so can see the larger picture of how the M4, Severn Bridge, Railway, Rhoose Airport... heck Celtic Manor and it's convention centre plans, not just impact Cardiff but it's hinterland.
I would be interested in seeing Swansea related posts here, as I don't think there is enough interest alone to maintain a purely Swansea Bay forum (as long as the Jacks know their place
I see this as not just a Cardiff but a South Wales Development forum anywho!
Actually the proposed development that captures my imagination the most in south wales right now is in Swansea, the tidal lagoon. Although I may be in a minority here as I seem to be the only person who posts updates about it. I just think it is a really innovative project that could create a distinctive (although maybe dull, have to wait and see) urban form that has the potential to drive an engineering sub-industry out of south wales as the technology is exported to subsequent sites. And, in some images, it looks quite nice.
Actually, if Cardiff took a leaf out of Swanseas book then it could learn a thing or two, Swansea has changed beyond all recognition over the last 10 years whilst so many schemes fail to get off the ground in Cardiff.
most of what you see in the picture of the Urban Village scheme has already been built..
I was at a meeting in Cardiff yesterday with two clients from Swansea. Their comments were Cardiff has a real buzz about the place. They think much more is happening here which is why they are looking to Cardiff and not Swansea
You need to pay closer attention. The stone roses were from 1984-1996 and the 2012 onwards. They reached their zenith with their eponymous entitled first album in 1989. Watch spike island you might learn something rather than regurgitating the nonsense that you do.
The Manchester music scene has been at round long before and long after the period you mention. If you're only writing style is parody perhaps you should also attempt accuracy and attention to detail as it then works so much better.
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The SA1 development is massive....The Copper Quarter has so far built over 600 apartments, they line a huge part of the riverside and its far from finished, the LC2, The national Waterfront museum, The tallest building in Wales, The brand new Bus Station that Cardiff has been yakking about for years, The MASSIVE new Bay Campus going up very quickly NOW, The Casino Area development 'Salubrious place' a 12 storie a 11 storie and 3 8 storie apartment buildings in SA1, the whole of the main bayside road being dug up and turned into a boulavard to link the city with the waterfront! i repeat with 100% confidence that Swansea has indeed changed massivley over the last 10 yrs....anyone that says they cant think of a major development lately, stop trawling throught he web and go take a look!
i di forget to mention The Liberty retail park and Wales first premier footy teams new Stadium too!.....Cardiff is Cardiff, its on a different scale yes, but it does make me laugh how so many of you bemoan slow progress and canceld developments but when its pointed out that Swansea in the past 10 yrs has built a WHOLE new waterside development thats equals the size of its city center you go crazy! ha...'A Pool' was the only development in the whole 'Sports Village' for years! whereas athletes were comming to Swansea in droves to train at The National Pool there? I was at Cardiff bus station over xmas with some Chinese people going to Camarthen on National Express and it was an embaressment to be there? awfull place? Swansea's new bus station is an amazing achievment, its a great building....
abayoflife.com then go to Development...see for yourself what has changed in Swansea over the last 10yrs...
I've been working in Swansea since last summer. Very excited by the potential lagoon. The campus is coming along very quickly (although from what I recall, the design was a bit meh - and I wouldn't want to be a student all the way out along Fabian Way). The city centre is still a shit hole though. And I'm no fan of the tall building (the name escapes me) on the seafront.
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