Location: Swansea
Date: 2015-2021
Client: City and Council of Swansea
Status: Planning permission obtained
Size: 70.000 sqm
Credits: Development Management: Rivington Land
Masterplanner and Architect: ACME (Grace Chan, Andrea Collar, Laura Cooke, Blerta Copa, Anna Czigler, Marina Kindelan, Jon Iriondo Goena, Petro Kailis, Elli Liverakou, Friedrich Ludewig, Isabel de la Mora, Glenn Moorley, Paolo Moretto, Gemma Serra, Penny Sperbund, Keigo Yoshida)
Landscape: Capita
Planning Consultant: Savills
Swansea is a coastal city at the mouth of the Tawe River in Wales. It grew extensively in the 19th century following the discovery of coal and the opening of the railway to deliver coal to the Swansea Docklands. Since the demise of coal mining in the 1930s, the city centre has been in slow decline.

While the historic centre is only minutes away from the beach, the lack of connections, excessive expanses of parking and low level industry have contributed to a city centre that feels far from the sea. Over the last years, the council has spent considerable resource redefining Swansea as a city of education, sustainable energy and digital technology. The development strategically places a major events venue, Swansea Arena, in the area of the old Dockland Coal Drops, as a leisure attraction bringing people back into this part of town.

A pedestrian bridge and a Digital Square connect this area towards the city centre, creating a destination beyond Oystermouth Road. The Swansea Library and a University building are located in the central part of the site, while the northern part of the site encompasses a new retail and restaurant quarter adjacent to the existing Swansea Market and Quadrant Centre. Historic streets are reintroduced and new routes and public spaces created to form a strong north-south axis linking the centre to the sea, and to enable the development of adjacent plots in the future.