THIS is the first glimpse of what Swansea’s revamped Parc Tawe could look like.
Developers want to modernise the city centre site and have now submitted detailed plans for the £10million project to Swansea Council.
And as these images show, if the scheme gets the go-ahead, it would mean a radical new look for the area.
The firm behind the scheme, Hammerson, wants to tear down the existing covered walkways and some of the units to open up the site, creating new fronts for the shops and the cinema, along with new public spaces and restaurants with outdoor eating areas.
The developers also want to create a new entrance to the complex on The Strand and to refurbish the footbridge which links Parc Tawe to the city centre.
The popular Plantasia attraction will remain a core part of the Parc Tawe and some of the buildings around it will be removed, and there are plans add a DIY superstore near the existing Toys R Us shop, to divide some of the larger units into smaller units, and to have a drive-thru coffee shop.
Russell Beresford, development manager with Hammerson, said: “Anyone who has seen Parc Tawe knows it needs refreshing, both for the existing and the new tenants.
“It is an important site at the gateway to Swansea, and want to create a quality environment that is a family destination with the cinema, bowling, Plantasia, shops and restaurants.
“This is a significant investment and demonstrates our confidence in Swansea.”
Mr Beresford added that if planing permission is granted, he hoped work would start by late summer.
As part of the scheme the number of parking spaces will be cut from 879 to 829 — but the developers are promising better lighting — and 75 bike-rack spaces created.
A drive-thru coffee shop will be added to the car park near the main road entrance to the site.
A major part of the redevelopment project will be improving the environment on The Strand — a street on which the planning document acknowledges there have been “numerous incidents of crime”.