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Competition: Castle Square, Swansea

Castle Square, Swansea
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The City & County of Swansea is seeking a design team for a major £1.1 million overhaul of its historic Castle Square

The winning multi-dsciplinary team and development manager will draw up plans to enhance public realm within the square, improve connections to the ruined twelve century castle, and create a new 300m² restaurant unit.

The project aims to upgrade the prominent city centre public space and create well-designed links to nearby Wind Street, Oxford Street and St. Marys Square and church. The search for a design team comes nine months after ACME won outline planning for a £500 million regeneration of the former St David’s shopping centre next door.

According to the brief: ‘The client is seeking to appoint a development manager and a professional multi-disciplinary team to progress phased regeneration aspirations for Castle Square from feasibility, to design and implementation. Castle Square lies at the heart of Swansea’s Central Area, and is an important stepping stone between Kingsway, High Street, the proposed Swansea Central development, and waterfront, and an important “place” in the City overlooked by the landmark castle.

There is considered to be an important opportunity to enhance the aquare, to give it new vibrancy and life, to raise its quality and to make it a contemporary new public space complementing other significant regeneration investments taking place in the city. A number of key objectives have been identified for a new development within part of Castle Square and for the enhancement of its public realm.’

Located on the South West Wales Coast, Swansea is the second largest city in Wales after Cardiff and is a major cultural, employment and education hub for the region. In 2017 the government confirmed a £1.3 billion city deal intended to transform the area into a new centre for science and innovation.

Swansea Castle was created by Henry de Beaumont in 1107 and is today a ruined structure. Castle Square is a large paved plaza featuring trees, steps and a water feature located immediately east of the Grade I-listed citadel.

Key projects within the city centre include ACME’s Swansea Central transformation of the former St David’s shopping centre. The project features 84,050m² of shops, offices, residential and leisure space along with a 13-storey hotel and a 40,700m² indoor venue dubbed the Swansea Arena.

Last year the council launched a separate search for a design team for a major overhaul of the city’s Kingsway thoroughfare as part of Swansea’s £1.3 billion City Deal investment programme. A separate tender launched in December sought a team to redevelop a raft of sites across the South Wales city.

The latest project will deliver a new two-storey commercial unit within the square while also creating a new high-quality public realm capable of hosting temporary events throughout the year.

The deadline for applications is 12noon on 30 April.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

City & County of Swansea
Civic Centre

Tel: +44 1792637578
Email: procurement@swansea.gov.uk


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