Focus on city's waterfront

A £1bn blueprint to develop Swansea’s city centre has been launched with the first three major sites announced in a drive to make sure Swansea retains its position as the retail and economic capital of South Wales.

The blueprint hopes to create a mixed-use city centre linked to Swansea's expansive waterfront to maximise the potential of Swansea Bay and the impounded Tawe River.

Oystermouth Road - the main arterial road that currently separates the city centre from the seafront - is to be transformed into an attractive, wide, pedestrian friendly, landscaped European style boulevard.

The first stage is the redevelopment, regeneration and expansion of the St David’s shopping centre area to create a new retail led mixed use scheme in the heart of city centre.

These facilities will be extended to link up with Paxton Street - one of the key waterfront sites earmarked as a new gateway with mixed-use developments and landmark buildings.

The city side of the Sail Bridge that spans the Tawe and overlooks the new £400m SA1 development is identified as another prime waterfront site for a diverse range of restaurants, bars and small businesses and large open piazza.