Contractors poised to rebuild Langland Bay seawall and Swiss Cottage
THEY have been down in the dumps for a while but two of Swansea’s best-known structures are finally being renovated.
Preparatory work is under way at fire-damaged Swiss Cottage, Singleton Park, while contractors head to the seaside next month to rebuild the seawall at Langland Bay.
A section of the seawall collapsed in October last year after a period of stormy weather and particularly high tides.
Swansea Council was forced to divert a public footpath and installed a temporary boardwalk to provide access for beach visitors.
The path diversion caused a few grumbles among beach hut owners whose huts lost some privacy as a result.
One of them told the Post it had cast a shadow on the family’s summer holidays.
She said: “It was difficult with our kids - I look forward to next summer.”
Thousands flocked to the tourist hotspot to lap up one of the best summers in living memory.
The seawall repairs are expected to take up to three months and are a joint partnership between the council, Alun Griffiths Contractors and Hanson Contracting.
Limestone will be used to match the existing stonework. The council has set aside £400,000 for the scheme.
Swansea councillor June Burtonshaw, cabinet member for place, added: “Everything has been done since the wall collapse to minimise the impact on visitors to Langland during the summer.
“We promised to ensure the repairs would be done once the season was over and that is what we are now doing.”
Meanwhile, contractors are in the very early phases of renovating Swiss Cottage, which was badly damaged by arsonists three years ago.
The revamp includes re-roofing, rebuilding the chimney and reinstating timber and cladding.
Internal ceilings, walls and flooring will also be rebuilt, and landscaping will take place nearby.
There have been lengthy to-ings and fro-ings between the council and Welsh Government heritage group Cadw to finalise the design and materials.
Both of the structures should be looking shipshape when the sun begins to climb again next spring.