Swansea City Council is on the hunt for a design team for a major overhaul of its Kingsway thoroughfare
The prestigious contract is divided into five separate lots covering key elements of the ambitious project which is part of Swansea’s £1.3 billion City Deal investment programme. The announcement comes shortly after ACME won outline planning for a £500 million regeneration nearby, dubbed Swansea Central.
The individual lots cover a development study for Orchard Street, the review and development of plans for a new Kingsway Employment Hub, drafting designs for a new town hall on Oxford Street, re-thinking city centre car parking, and masterminding new superfast digital infrastructure for the area.
According to the brief: ‘The council is seeking to appoint a multi-disciplinary consultancy team to progress regeneration aspirations for The Kingsway from strategy to implementation, and potentially to inform elements within the Swansea Central and Swansea Arena regeneration projects.
‘The skills required to undertake the tasks are essential resources required for the council to achieve its ambitious regeneration aspirations for The Kingsway and the Digital Village, and to offer advice for other priority regeneration areas such as Swansea Central (including the Swansea Arena), as the need arises. The council’s aspirations to become the UK City of Culture 2021 is further fuelling these ambitions.’
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. Earlier this year the government confirmed a £1.3 billion city deal intended to transform the area into a new centre for science and innovation.
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.
The Kingsway is a major thoroughfare connecting the retail and civic centres of the city. New dedicated bus lanes, introduced in 2008, have been blamed for a drop-off in trade and the latest plans could see a linear park introduced on the avenue instead.
The winning team will draw up a development strategy for Orchard Street and develop plans for a new Kingsway Employment Hub up to RIBA Stage 4. The multi-disciplinary team will also advance proposals to relocate Swansea City Council’s headquarters from the seafront to a car park site opposite the Grand Theatre.
A rethink of city centre car parking will furthermore be required along with advice on plans to transform the area into a new ‘Digital Village’ featuring fast internet and wifi.
Bids may be in English or Welsh. The deadline for applications is 12noon on 2 October.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
City and County of Swansea