Swansea construction company Dawnus chosen for Coastal Housing Castle Quarter
CONSTRUCTION firm Dawnus has won a key building contract to regenerate a unique part of Swansea city centre.
The Swansea-based firm works in projects in locations around the world and has now been awarded a contract closer to home.
Swansea housing giant Coastal has been granted planning permission for its £8 million development of the city's Castle Quarter and the company has chosen Dawnus to carry out construction on the scheme.
Contractors are expected to take over the site in April when they begin their site set up on the project which will include a mix of commercial and residential units.
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The development will feature 26 "affordable" homes and a further four duplex units which will be available for private sale. Commercial units are planned for the ground floor on Castle Lane and a small area for business or retail purposes will be locat- ed at Strand level.
A spokeswoman for Coastal said: "It is hoped that the devel- opment will help to attract more visitors to the area between The Strand and Castle Bailey Street."
Coastal development director Gerraint Oakley said: "We are pleased to be awarding the construction contract to locally- based Dawnus, who recently became members of our Contractor Framework of construction partners.
"This development represents considerable investment in the local economy and we will be working in partnership with Dawnus to create jobs and training opportunities.
"We hope the success of this scheme will create a lasting relationship with Dawnus."
Coastal is in commercial negotiations with high-profile retailers interested in ground- floor restaurant units.
Dawnus regional director Russell Evans said: "We are looking forward to delivering this prestigious project in the heart of Swansea in partnership with Coastal and project stakeholders.
"Dawnus shares many goals and ambitions with Coastal Housing including a determination to deliver real social benefits to the local area.
"As a major local employer we will be offering further opportunities for employment and training through this scheme as part of our on-going commitment to sustainable development and community benefits.
"We are confident that this contract will mark the start of a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the Coastal Housing Group, and deliver a benchmark project for all involved."
Coastal currently offers homes, for rent and sale, to people with different needs, lifestyles and accommodation preferences.
It is also the firm behind the £25 million Urban Village on Swansea High Street.
The development was temporarily home to the South Wales Evening Post Theatre which hosted a run of the Mal Pope production Cappuccino Girls.
The Mosaic bar and bistro opened its doors in the Urban Village in 2012.
Coastal is due to complete fitting out further vacant units at the Urban Village and expects to see take-up of these progress in the spring.
The scheme is supported by a £900,000 grant of European funding.