A prominent building in Swansea city centre which has a history stretching back to when the city was rebuilt after the Second World War is set to undergo a major transformation.
Swansea Council has submitted plans to turn the former Barclays building at 69-70 The Kingsway into a new-style flexible workspace suitable for a range of companies.
If given the go-ahead, the authority said the development would complement the neighbouring 71-72 Kingsway, a multi-million pound home for innovative tech and creative businesses about to go up on a site once occupied by nightclub Oceana.
The three-storey, glass-fronted former Barclays building would be renovated with new tall glass windows and a ribbed aluminium screen. There will be new doors and, inside, a complete overhaul.
The vacant site has been acquired by Swansea Council and will back onto a new public square to one side of 71-72 Kingsway.
Council leader Rob Stewart said: “The former Barclays building has a history stretching back to the city’s post-World War Two rebuilding. Now it has a big future.
“It will be important to the regeneration of The Kingsway area which is becoming a great place to live, work and spend quality leisure time.
“Now the area’s new two-way road system is in place and the public realm and re-greening works are nearly complete, our attention has turned to refurbishment and rebuilding of key buildings around the Kingsway.
“Our work on The Kingsway will stimulate jobs and economic growth; it’s a key focal area in our regeneration plans.
“In conjunction with the Swansea Bay City Deal and others, we’re transforming public space throughout the city centre.”
The application was submitted to city planners by design consultant, The Urbanists, on behalf of the council.
The design was undertaken by London-based Architecture 00, which is working alongside property specialists Gleeds, Cushman & Wakefield and WSP on this and 71-72 Kingsway.
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The former Barclays building will stand close to the planned new Biophilic Living project, an eco-friendly building with homes and commercial space being driven by Wales-based Hacer.
The project is supported by the European Regional Development Fund and Welsh Assembly Government.
The 71 and 72 The Kingsway location - formerly known as the Digital Village - forms part of the Swansea City and Waterfront Digital District project being part-funded by the £1.3 billion Swansea Bay City Deal.
Other features of the project include the indoor arena next to the LC, as well as a box village and innovation precinct development for start-up businesses at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David SA1 Waterfront.
The first £18 million of City Deal funding has been released by the UK Government and Welsh Government, based on the approval of two projects including the Swansea City and Waterfront Digital District.
The council's planning department will now consider the bid.