The former Oceana nightclub site in Swansea looks like it is now because there is ongoing initial construction work on a new office development that will provide space for 600 jobs.
The first of the two tower cranes is now on The Kingsway, the foundation being laid before work began on the concrete frame of the building.
Developed by Swansea Council with Bouygues UK as the main contractor, the five-story scheme is expected to be completed by the summer of 2023. The new development will cost Carbon Zero and will cost the Swansea economy বছরে 32.6 million a year.
It will include 114,000 square feet of commercial floor space, including flexible co-working and office opportunities for businesses in sectors such as tech, digital and the creative industry.
The development is being partially funded by the 1.3 billion Swansea Bay City Deal and supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.
Cllr Robert Francis-Davis, cabinet member for the Swansea Council for Rejuvenation, Investment and Tourism, said:
“The arrival of the first tower crane on site is another sign of the progress of this new development, which will provide space for hundreds of workers and create more footpaths for businessmen in the city center to further boost our economy.
“We know there is insufficient demand in Swansea for this kind of modern, flexible workplace in a growing sector like technology and digital, so developing this quality is important if we want to keep these businesses in the city and encourage them not to move elsewhere.
“Being Carbon Zero, the scheme will help Swansea meet its net zero city ambitions by 2050, complementing nearby ‘Living Building’ development led by Hasser Development and creating better links between Kingsway and Oxford Street.
“Negotiations with potential tenants are also progressing steadily as our city’s £ 1bn revival is accelerating.”
Access to nearby businesses will be maintained during construction. Temporary surfacing has been deliberately placed in front of the development site, while permanent paving will be placed there once the main construction work is completed.
Other features of the new development will include a green roof terrace and veranda overlooking the city center and Swansea Bay.
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