Construction of high-tech office complex on site of former Oceana nightclub on The Kingsway could start this spring


Work on a new high-tech office complex in Swansea could start before long, the leader of the council has said.

Rob Stewart was speaking about a five-storey building which has been planned at the former Oceana nightclub site on The Kingsway.

The project – known as 71/72 The Kingsway – has planning consent and has also gone out to tender.

“We aim to start construction in the early spring,” Cllr Stewart told a meeting of the Swansea Bay City Region joint committee.

The award of the construction contract, and a decision by Swansea cabinet to take the scheme forward, are pencilled in for next month.

Officials are monitoring the impact of coronavirus restrictions and how they are reshaping office work.

An image of 71/72 The Kingsway from Oxford Street after a new link between the two streets is created

The Kingsway office project is one three construction schemes in Swansea which together form a regional City Deal project.

The other two elements of the project – called Swansea City and Waterfront Digital District – are the indoor arena, and a business start-up and support area at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s campus in SA1.

The now watertight indoor arena will open, in phases, later this year, while the university’s business start-up and support area in SA1 does not have planning consent yet.

All told, the Swansea City and Waterfront Digital District is expected to cost £175 million.

Most of this cost – £85 million – will be funded by the council and the university, £50 million will come from the UK and Welsh Governments over a 15-year period, and the rest will come from the private sector.

The Swansea City and Waterfront Digital District is one of nine City Deal projects covering Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. They represent a £1.1 billion investment and are expected to deliver more than 9,000 jobs.

Swansea Council said the cost of 71/72 The Kingsway, which will link through to Oxford Street, is still being worked out.

Asked for any update on interest among potential occupiers of the office building, a council spokesman said: “We continue to talk to potential tenants, including some influential names.”

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