Coastal Housing Group's £8million Castle Quarter on track
SWANSEA Castle has stood witness to countless changes in its immediate vicinity down the centuries but few have been as abrupt as the latest development.
Coastal Housing Group's £8 million Castle Quarter site has advanced considerably since local building contractor Dawuns started work in May 2013.
Demolition of the old warehouses at The Strand level was completed earlier this year and construction of a car park, Kiosk and affordable residential apartments has begun on The Strand level.
The site's tower crane arrived in September, works have been progressing and Dawnus are currently working on the fourth level of the apartment block on The Strand.
The regeneration project is due to be completed in autumn 2014 and will provide lasting social and economic benefits with the provision of a mix of commercial and residential units.
When completed the development will consist of 26 affordable rented apartments, with a further four duplex units overlooking the castle available for private purchase. The ground floor will consist of commercial units, aimed at the restaurant/bistro market, and a kiosk located at The Strand.
Coastal Housing Group says it has liaised closely with the local authority, Cadw and the Design Commission for Wales throughout the project to ensure that Swansea Castle's historic value is preserved while the development takes place.
Gerraint Oakley, Coastal Housing Group's director of development, said: "Work is progressing well with our Castle Quarter development and the project is on course to be completed towards the latter end of next year.
"The scheme is unique and we believe it will prove a real success offering high quality, affordable accommodation and desirable commercial premises in the city centre."
Tim Blanch, Coastal Housing Group's chief executive, added: "It is fantastic to see such an historic and important area in the heart of the city being reinvigorated for future generations.
"We are dedicated to doing our best for the city and the Castle Quarter development represents a significant investment by Coastal, reinforcing our long term commitment to regenerating the city centre."
The project has created more than 50 jobs during construction including apprenticeship opportunities with around a further 60 jobs expected to be created in the commercial units once they are open for business.
Negotiations are currently ongoing with high-profile retailers interested in the ground-floor restaurant units. Enquiries have also been received expressing interest in the bespoke duplex apartments.
As the site is located adjacent to Swansea Castle and sits within Wind Street Conservation Area, Glamorgan Gwent Archeological Trust provided a watching brief during the demolition stage and ground investigations.