Go-ahead given for revamp of fire-hit cottage
THE long-awaited restoration of Swansea's fire-ravaged Swiss Cottage has finally been given the go-ahead – but what colour it will be remains undecided.
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.
Swiss Cottage, in Singleton Park, was badly damaged by an arsonists in September 2010.
Louise O'Connell, who works at Davies of Mumbles bakery on nearby Eversley Road, said the rebuild was great news.
"I have grown up with it," she said.
"I'd rather it rebuilt for everyone to enjoy than derelict and an eyesore."
Swiss Cottage is one of the city's most enduring listed landmarks but has been surrounded by scaffolding and safety fencing for three years.
Swansea Council had hoped to get cracking on the restoration earlier this year but only submitted the final designs in July. Cadw, the Welsh Government's built heritage group, has now given the authority the all-clear — and work is expected to start in the middle of November despite the ongoing paint discussions.
Councillor Rob Stewart, cabinet member for finance, said: "The Swiss Cottage had been a popular feature of Swansea for many years before it was mindlessly attacked by arsonists.
''It's always been our intention to reinstate the building but we needed permission from Cadw for the type of materials used during restoration works because of its treasured status as a listed building.
"We've been working with materials manufacturers for some time to be sure what we use is suitable for this iconic building and agreement has now largely been reached with Cadw.
"We're looking to be on site for works to start reinstating the building by mid-November and that means people should once again be able to enjoy the historic Swiss Cottage when the summer returns next year."
The work will also give council apprentices the opportunity to learn traditional carpentry skills.
A member of staff at Nener's Master Locksmiths, Gower Road, Sketty, said: "It's a good thing - it's going to add to the facilities in the park."