Following on from the successful enhancement of the combined footpath and cycleway between the Tawe bridges and Swansea Yacht Club, work is now underway on a range of improvements to the promenade between the Swansea Observatory and the Civic Centre.
Between the Civic Centre and the eastern periphery of the project site at the Swansea Observatory, the route is characterised with now out-dated materials, street furniture and public art which is reaching the end of its productive life in a harsh maritime environment. The promenade was previously upgraded over 25 years ago in conjunction with the development of the award winning Swansea Marina.
What improvements will be taking place?
The key objective of this enhancement scheme will be to ensure that the improvements are fully integrated with the existing features along the route. The improvements will include:
New Handrailing will be installed along the length of the project area, this new railing will be of a design that is consistent with railings used elsewhere in the Maritime Quarter.
The lighting columns will be replaced along the project area in a style that will be consistent with the lighting around Meridian Quay and Swansea Point. The position of the majority of the lighting columns will remain the same, however where opportunities arise to clear the promenade the lighting may be moved to the back of the path.
A range of new street furniture will be installed, to include new seating, bins and cycle stands. The design of these will be consistent with that of the furniture used for the improvements between the Tawe bridges and the Swansea Yacht Club.
The existing public art along the promenade will be enhanced, and opportunities for art explanation will be explored along the project area.
The surfacing will be enhanced through reinstatement and cleansing of the promenade. Tactile paving will be added along the promenade which will help to warn visually impaired users that they are entering a 'shared surface'.
New improved signage will be added at two key locations, providing effective and clear direction to key attractions and destinations for users of the promenade. In addition to this, signs will be installed informing users that it is a shared surface and asking all users to take care and use the area considerately.
What stage is the project at now?
Work started on site in mid-January 2011 which involved preparing the ducting for the street lighting. The new public lighting is now largely complete, with just a small amount of work outstanding.
The installation of the new hand railing is also complete along with the new litter bins, benches and cycle stands which are now all installed.
All major works were completed in time for the school holidays in July and just a small amount of work is ongoing.
The website will be updated as the works progress and the project is completed.
How is the project funded?
The scheme is estimated to cost approximately £1.3 million is funded by a combination of the European Regional Develop Fund Convergence grant from the Wales European Funding Office, a grant from the Welsh Assembly Government's Strategic Regeneration Area (SRA) programme and Swansea Council.
Can I find out any further information?
The Cabinet Report contains full details of the proposed project and can be downloaded from the downloads section on the right hand side of this web page.
Alternatively, if you have any further queries then please contact Amy Crampton, City Centre Project Officer on 01792 635705 or e-mail email@example.com