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New look for Swansea's Parc Tawe in £10million redevelopment plan

By EvansTheCrime  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

By Jason Evans / jason.evans@swwmedia.co.uk / @EvansTheCrime

The future: Swansea's Parc Tawe could look very different after a major £10million revamp - if planning permission is granted

The future: Swansea's Parc Tawe could look very different after a major £10million revamp - if planning permission is granted

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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.

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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”.

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  • rhys_daniels  |  March 24 2014, 3:41PM

    Scrap the carpark, there's loads of multi stories and spaces everywhere taking up prime real estate. Also build upwards, im sure we can construct a building which has more than a couple of floors!

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  • rhys_daniels  |  March 24 2014, 3:37PM

    Scrap the carpark, theres loads of multi stories and spaces everywhere taking up prime real estate. Also build higher, im sure we can construct a builder which has more than a couple of floors!

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  • TOLPUDDLE  |  February 13 2014, 9:36AM

    Another joke like the bendy bus, the boulevard, the café quarter, lagoons!!!!!!! the list is endless. This Council need to get a grip and took a good hard look at itself we must have the worst mismanaged not properly planned town centre in Wales and it saddens me to say that. With all the good things we have in Swansea we should be doing a lot better. I think its time for a complete change in our elected members and get new blood who can revitalise Swansea and put us back more we belong!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • mikestarwood  |  February 07 2014, 2:24PM

    Judging by the comments below, I think there's been a mass escape from the Coed.

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  • BreadJules  |  February 07 2014, 12:30PM

    Vanity replacing viability.

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  • BreadJules  |  February 07 2014, 12:29PM

    Vanity replacing sanity

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  • BreadJules  |  February 07 2014, 12:28PM

    Vanity replacing reality.

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  • MDavz  |  February 06 2014, 10:54PM

    Sounds horrendous. Will NEVER go there anyway due to having received a parking fine - stayed just over 2hrs while in the vets & stores (Homebase area). Found out the hard way it does not have the 3hr limit as in Toys R Us parking area.

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  • nigelhorn  |  February 06 2014, 10:35PM

    Evidently chickentown

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  • eighties_jack  |  February 06 2014, 8:38PM

    Isnt there a homebase already at parc tawe? Surely they can think of something a bit more exciting than another diy store in the city centre? Cant wait to visit the ONEON

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