Urban Splash selected for £750m Swansea regeneration

Swansea Council has appointed Urban Splash as its preferred development partner for a number of key projects worth £750m, as part of the Shaping Swansea regeneration initiative.


Early ideas for each site have been proposed, which will now be worked up in more detail before offering opportunities for local people to give their feedback and help mould the plans.

The early proposals include:

  • the transformation of the 23-acre seafront Civic Centre site into a new city waterfront district for Swansea, comprising a mixed-use (residential and hospitality) destination anchored by the beach, civic spaces, and a new walkway 
  • new office buildings and apartments for residents and shared workspaces on the 5.5-acre Swansea central north site located at the former St David’s Shopping Centre
  • a residential-led regeneration of a 7.5-acre riverfront site in St Thomas, featuring family homes, apartments, public spaces, and a terraced river walk

Urban Splash will deliver the future plans with the support of partners — including mixed-use developer Milligan Ltd, who will work in joint venture with Urban Splash on the St David’s site — together with Pobl Housing Association, Coastal Housing Association, and Swansea Council.

Rob Stewart, Swansea Council leader, said: “The appointment of Urban Splash is a significant private sector vote of confidence not just in Swansea’s enormous potential, but also in the huge amount of regeneration work led by the council that’s already happening in the city, including our £135m Copr Bay phase one district. 

“This work has acted as a catalyst to attract a company of Urban Splash’s quality and experience and is part of a £1bn regeneration story unfolding across Swansea that’s transforming the city into one of the UK’s best places to live, work, study and visit. 

“The regeneration of these three key sites will help take Swansea to the next level by creating thousands more jobs for local people, hundreds more new homes for local families, and a mixed-use, vibrant city centre destination with the footfall it needs to thrive.

“Although subject to consultation in future to ensure people’s views are taken on board, the early proposals will help realise these goals, while also giving the stunning Civic Centre site on our world class bay back to Swansea people and visitors to the city.

“We look forward to working with Urban Splash on further developing these exciting proposals for the people of Swansea to consider, along with ideas on how best to regenerate other key sites forming part of our Shaping Swansea plans.”

Jonathan Falkingham, co-founder of Urban Splash, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to be working alongside Swansea Council and all of the partners involved in this fascinating project. 

“I have a longstanding affiliation with this brilliant city, attending school here in my younger days, and I’m pleased to be back to help deliver such an exciting new era for it. 

“We have plans for a world class environment of great architectural quality that recognises and enhances the existing historic fabric of the local area and its beautiful location. 

“We hope to achieve this through multi-authorship and partnering with brilliant designers to evolve the most appealing and sustainable designs for each area of this new neighbourhood.”

Tom Bloxham, chairman at Urban Splash, added: “For almost three decades now, Urban Splash has worked hard to transform the fortunes of towns and cities, breathing new life into places through applying great design ideas and working with the local community to create beautiful buildings and spaces that are sustainable for all. 

“We have been really impressed with the ambition and vision of Swansea Council and look forward to working in partnership with this amazing city on the beach using our experience, capital and resources to strengthen their vision and deliver exceptional living, working and leisure spaces to help more people live well by design.”

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