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Swansea arena: Early construction work underway

Preparatory construction work is underway on Swansea's 3,500-capacity Digital Arena.

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Contractors are on site preparing for main construction work that will see the cutting-edge facility built on part of the existing Oystermouth Road car park, next to the LC.

Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart said: "This is the start of a transformational project for Swansea; thousands of residents and visitors share our excitement at the opportunities and benefits it will bring.

"Having the contractors on site for this preparatory work is a big step forward and, along with last week's news that the UK and Welsh Governments have agreed to release City Deal funding for the Swansea City and Waterfront Digital District project, is a sign of real progress for the people of Swansea.

"This is a significant moment as we deliver a project that will be a catalyst for the transformation and success of Swansea city centre for future generations.

"The arena project is gathering pace. This is a big deal for Swansea, an end to the artist impressions and a beginning for new landmarks."

The arena scheme forms part of a £120m transformation known as Swansea Central Phase One, which will also see the creation of homes, commercial units, a Digital Square, coastal-themed parkland, a broad pedestrian bridge over Oystermouth Road and hundreds of new parking spaces.

Swansea Council is behind the scheme, with principal contractor Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd undertaking the preparatory work on site.

RivingtonHark, appointed by Swansea Council, is development manager for Swansea Central Phase One.

Photo: Swansea Council leader and Swansea Bay City Deal joint committee chairman Rob Stewart at the future site of the Swansea Digital Arena and associated development.

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