Swansea City Centre Masterplan

The City and County of Swansea in conjunction with the Welsh Government are publishing an updated Masterplan for the city centre, that has been prepared by a team of consultants. This takes the form of a draft Strategic Framework – updating a previous version that was published in 2007. The 96-page document covers an area stretching from the Railway Station in the north-east to the Civic Centre in the south-west, bordered by the River Tawe, Swansea Bay, West Way, Mansel Street and Alexandra Road.

Suggestions include:

  • Rerouting traffic from Kingsway to improve the public realm and the connectivity of its two sides, as well as encourage ground-floor commercial and employment opportunities with urban residential living on upper floors.
  • Continuing the gentrification and regeneration of High Street.
  • Redevelopment of the area around St David’s Church (and St Mary’s Church) to make the churches the focal point of improved public realms and development of new buildings to provide a mix of city-centre uses.
  • Improving connectivity across Oystermouth Road from the St David’s area to improved public spaces around the leisure centre and ┬áMaritime Quarter.
  • Major redevelopment of the Civic Centre site to include residential, commercial and leisure uses.
  • Considering traffic modelling to review routes around the city centre, especially in the Kingsway and Alexandra Road / Mansel Street area.
  • Reinforcing the civic nature, educational facilities and historical features of Alexandra Road / Mansel Street.
  • Refurbishing and redeveloping areas around Oxford Street.
  • Protecting and enhancing the townscape and heritage assets of Swansea Castle and Wind Street in conjunction with improvements to public spaces.
  • Short-term upgrading of Parc Tawe and its longer-term redevelopment.
  • Improving connectivity from the city centre to the waterfront, especially through the Maritime Quarter and to the Sailbridge (and thus SA1), including redevelopment of poor quality buildings.

The document is to be published for consultation shortly. Please contact us if you wish to learn more.