Swansea Digital Village
Client: Swansea City Council
Location: Swansea City Centre
Services: Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Planning Consultancy
The Urbanists were appointed as part of a multi-disciplinary team to help the Swansea City Council to deliver a new employment scheme in the heart of their City. The work built upon an initial urban design feasibility study, which was prepared by The Urbanists as a forerunner to this project.
Our role is to support the team (lead by WSP and also supported by Architecture 00, as well as Cushman & Wakefield and Gleeds) to prepare plans for up to 100,000sq.ft of development that will continue the progression of Swansea’s digital economy and city centre lifestyle as part of the wider transformation of the City Centre. Realising the vision for the site, which was formerly the Oceana nightclub, is only possible because of the transformation of The Kingsway.
The £12m redesign of The Kingsway from a functional highway into a new green artery for the city will include new public areas, new green spaces and a revised two-way single lane vehicle route that will create a much more enjoyable and comfortable environment for visitors to the City.
The Urbanists contributed to the redesign of The Kingsway by combining our urban design and landscape architectural expertise and knowledge of street design to the considerable knowledge and commitment that exists within the City Council’s highways, transport planning and landscape teams.
Part of our latest role with Swansea will be reviewing the wider regeneration context of The Kingsway and Orchard Street and updating the plans prepared by the Council in 2016 to create a clear intention for how this part of the City Centre will evolve over the coming years.
Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart said: "This high-calibre new partner will be key to developing the Digital Village, working with council officers and other professionals. These plans will transform the city centre into a vibrant and bustling centre for business and leisure that increases the number of people working and living in Swansea and bring high-quality jobs to the area”.