St David’s Shopping Centre and Oldway House

The City and County of Swansea Council and Welsh Government have acquired St David’s Shopping Centre and the vacant Oldway House office block to facilitate the city’s retail led mixed-use regeneration scheme.

In the short term, whilst the regeneration plans are being worked up the vacant parts of St David’s and Oldway House will be demolished and replaced with a car park to provide increased parking for visitors to the city centre.

Regular progress updates will be posted below:


December 5th 2013 – New car parking spaces to open at demolished City Centre site.

THERE’LL soon be plenty more car parking spaces for shoppers in Swansea city centre as the build-up to Christmas gathers pace.

A new 135-space temporary car park at the former Oldway House site is expected to be open by the weekend. Access to the car park will be from a new entrance off Albert Row.

St Davids Car ParkSwansea Council is behind the works.

The project will add to the 160 temporary car parking spaces that were introduced late last year to replace large parts of the former St David’s Shopping Centre site that had become empty and unsightly.

The Welsh Government contributed grants towards the purchase and demolition of the St David’s and Oldway House sites through its Regeneration Area programme and the Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science Department.

Cllr Nick Bradley, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “Car parking spaces close to the city centre are especially important at a time when our city centre traders are competing with out-of-town retail parks and internet shopping.

“These additional 135 temporary spaces are sited within a stone’s throw of the pedestrianised area, the Quadrant, the indoor market and other features of the city centre. We hope they will attract even more shoppers into the city centre during this critical trading period for our shops and other businesses in the build-up to Christmas.

“The combination of this project with the ongoing Christmas Market, festive street entertainment, the re-launched city centre loyalty card and the golden ticket promotion shows we’re doing what we can to help.”

The loyalty card, which can only be redeemed in store at the scores of shops, restaurants and other businesses taking part, gives access to a variety of discounts and offers as a way of attracting more people into the city centre. The golden ticket promotion is giving city centre visitors the chance to win £1,000 in festive goods from city centre businesses in time for Christmas. All shoppers have to do to enter is fill in their details on the back of a golden ticket and then pop it into a golden post box. All shops taking part in the promotion have golden tickets, golden ticket posters and golden post boxes available.

These schemes form part of the Big Heart of Swansea campaign being spearheaded by Swansea Council and Swansea BID (Business Improvement District).


December 10th 2012 – Car park opens at former St David’s site.

CHRISTMAS shoppers in Swansea city centre now have more car parking spaces at their disposal.

The completion of the first phase of demolition and car park construction works at the former St David’s site is now complete. This means 129 new spaces are now available.

Swansea Council and the Welsh Government bought the site earlier this year.

A car park is being put in place in the short-term to meet the needs of visitors and city centre traders. Major, retail-led regeneration will take place on site in the long-term when economic conditions improve.

A lot of the debris taken down during demolition works has been recycled and used to build the car park so far.

Cllr Nick Bradley, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “The combination of the turbulent financial climate with factors like out-of-town retail parks and internet shopping have led to tough times for our city centre traders. This is why it’s important we do all we can to give them a helping hand, especially in the crucial trading period leading up to Christmas.

“Feedback from traders suggested a need for more car parking in the city centre and the completion of the first phase of works at St David’s has led to more than 100 extra spaces for shoppers.

“But this is just the start because many additional car parking spaces will follow on site in the New Year when the overall scheme is finished.”

Swansea Council and the Welsh Government also bought Oldway House under the same scheme. Work on demolishing the empty building, within a stone’s throw of the St David’s site, has now begun as contractors look towards finishing the overall project in the spring of 2013.

The Welsh Government contributed grants towards the purchase and demolition of the sites through its Regeneration Area programme and the Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science Department.

Huw Lewis, the Welsh Government’s Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage, said: “The St David’s Shopping Centre and Oldway House sites are in a prime location to provide a boost to Swansea city centre when they are redeveloped.

“In the mean time, car parking is a practical and much-needed short-term solution for the city centre, and the timing of opening of the car park in the run up to Christmas couldn’t be better. The availability of extra parking at such as busy time for the city centre will be a very welcome boost. It’s very pleasing that Welsh Government funding has contributed to the first steps of redevelopment. It is an excellent example of how we are working with Swansea Council to deliver results for the people of Swansea.”

The demolition and car park works are one part of Swansea Council’s city centre action plan aimed at improving the city centre. Other features have included the introduction of a City Centre Loyalty Card scheme, cut-price car parking to support late-night shopping on Thursday evenings and the organisation of more than 50 events in the city centre so far this year to help boost footfall.


October 14th 2012 – Demolition work almost complete at eyesore St David’s site.

DEMOLITION work at Swansea’s St David’s Shopping Centre site is now just about complete.

All empty buildings on site that had included the former S4C Heno studio have been taken down to make way for a major regeneration scheme in the long-term when economic conditions improve.

A footbridge that had connected the centre with the Quadrant car park is among the other features to have been demolished.

Debris and rubble taken down will now continue to be taken away.

Work will also start this week on constructing a car park on the site to meet the needs of city centre traders in the short-term.

A lot of the debris taken down during demolition works will be recycled and used to build the car park.

Swansea Council and the Welsh Government bought the largely-empty St David’s and Oldway House sites earlier this year.

Preparation works paving the way for demolishing Oldway House are also expected to start this week.

Cllr Nick Bradley, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “This is an important scheme for the city centre, both in the short-term and the long-term. It’s an illustration of how the public sector can intervene to help improve the city centre for traders, shoppers and visitors to Swansea.

“The project is on schedule and we’ve done all we can to minimise its impact on nearby residents and businesses.

“We’ll continue to keep people informed as the scheme moves further forward in coming months.”

The Welsh Government contributed grants towards the purchase and demolition of the sites through its Regeneration Area programme and the Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science Department.

The demolition and car park works are one part of Swansea Council’s city centre action plan aimed at improving the city centre. Other features have included the introduction of a City Centre Loyalty Card scheme, cut-price car parking to support late-night shopping and the organisation of more than 40 events in the city centre so far this year to help boost footfall.

Over £500,000 has also been allocated to local city centre businesses to help with the upgrade of their properties. Bloomburger on Wind Street and the Grand Hotel are among the properties to have benefited.


September 14th – City demolition site materials to be recycled.

TONS of concrete and steel will soon be sifted through at Swansea’s St David’s Centre site for re-use in future.

Specialist processing equipment is soon arriving on site to sort out materials from the debris taken down so far for recycling.

Swansea Council and the Welsh Government bought the largely-empty St David’s site earlier this year. It’s now being demolished to open up land for long-term city centre regeneration when economic conditions improve.

A car park will be constructed on site in the short-term to meet the needs of city centre traders and boost footfall. Some of the concrete being taken down will be used in the construction of the car park.

Workers on site are now using major excavation equipment and remote-control demolition technology to bring the centre down.

Much of the recent work has been focussing on the part of the centre that once accommodated Safeway and S4C programme Heno’s video-editing suite.

Cllr Nick Bradley, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “Many thousands of people will have visited the St David’s Shopping Centre in the past, so I guess you could say it’s the end of an era.

“But this demolition is badly needed because the centre’s been an eyesore for some time that’s stood in the way of progress.

“The recycling of the concrete and steel is important because it shows demolition can be achieved in a sustainable way and that materials will be salvaged and re-used wherever possible.

“The works programme is on schedule and we’ll continue to keep nearby businesses and residents informed as the scheme moves forward.”

The Welsh Government contributed grants towards the purchase and demolition of the St David’s site through its Regeneration Area programme and the Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science Department.

Two disused pedestrian footbridges have already been taken down as part of the demolition project – one that linked the centre with the Quadrant car park; the other in the centre itself.

A huge majority of the work is earmarked for completion by the spring of 2013.


7th September – Sunday footbridge demolition work at St David’s.

A FOOTBRIDGE that’s been a feature of Swansea city centre since the early 1980s is being demolished this weekend (September 9).

The disused pedestrian bridge in the largely empty St David’s Shopping Centre site will be taken down on Sunday (September 9).

Temporary footway diversions and closures will be in place on the day.

The work follows-on from the successful removal of another footbridge in the area last weekend that once linked the Quadrant car park with the St David’s site. The removal of that footbridge is shown in the above photo.

The demolition works will help long-term regeneration plans by opening up key city centre sites for redevelopment in future when economic conditions get better.

A car park will be constructed on site in the short-term to meet the needs of city centre traders and boost footfall.

Cllr Nick Bradley, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “This footbridge has been a feature of the St David’s Shopping Centre site for about 20 years but it’s become an eyesore in recent times that badly needs to be taken down.

“A huge majority of the demolition works will take place on weekdays between 8am and 6pm but the demolition of the footbridge is taking place on a Sunday to minimise impact on trade. We’ll continue to keep nearby residents and businesses updated as the overall scheme moves forward.”

The Welsh Government and Swansea Council bought the St David’s Centre site earlier this year.

The Welsh Government has contributed grants towards the purchase and demolition of the sites through its Regeneration Area programme and the Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science Department.


30th August 2012 – Footbridge next for St David’s demolition.

BRICK by brick, a Swansea city centre eyesore is starting to slowly disappear.

As the photo shows, work is now well underway on taking down the largely empty St David’s Shopping Centre site that was constructed in the early 1980s.

Expert contractors have been on site for the last fortnight for a scheme that will also see the vacant Oldway House building in the area demolished.

The demolition works will help long-term regeneration plans by opening up key city centre sites for redevelopment in future when economic conditions get better.

A car park will be constructed on site in the short-term to meet the needs of city centre traders and boost footfall.

One of the next phases of the scheme will see the demolition of the disused pedestrian footbridge linking the St David’s Centre with the Quadrant car park.

These works will be carried out on Sunday September 2 to minimise potential disruption to trade. The Quadrant car park, the Garden Street car park and Thomas Street will be temporarily closed while the works are ongoing. The Quadrant car park will be closed from 7pm on Saturday evening (September 1) but will be back in operation as normal on Monday morning (September 3).

City centre traders and the Grand Theatre have been informed. Signs are being put up and motorists will be redirected to the St David’s Car Park.

Cllr Nick Bradley, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “It’s great to see that sections of the St David’s site are coming down. This eyesore has stood in the way of city centre redevelopment for too long and its demolition will help us work with our private sector partners on an exciting scheme that will be realised when the financial climate improves.

“Most of the works are taking place on weekdays between 9am and 6pm but the demolition of this pedestrian footbridge will take place on a Sunday to limit impact on trade and to minimise inconvenience.

“We’ll continue to keep people updated as the demolition scheme progresses.”

Both the St David’s and Oldway House sites were bought by the Welsh Government and Swansea Council.

The Welsh Government contributed grants towards the purchase and demolition of the sites through its Regeneration Area programme and the Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science Department.

Most work will be finished by the end of March next year.


10th August 2012 – St David’s demolition a step closer.

The demolition of parts of St David’s Shopping Centre in Swansea will start on Monday 13th August.

A large number of the shop units in the shooping centre have been empty for many years so Swansea Council has joined forces with the Welsh Government and bought the site along with Oldway House.

Short term plans by the Council include the creation of a 160-space car park to provide increased parking for visitors to the city centre.
The majority of the works, earmarked for completion by the end of March 2013, will take place on weekdays between 8am and 6pm.
Nearby residents and businesses will be regularly updated. The work will pave the way for a major retail development scheme to help regenerate the city centre.

Cllr Nick Bradley, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “The St David’s and Oldway House sites are key to the city centre’s future redevelopment. In the long term, our aim is to regenerate this part of the city centre by creating a retail led scheme. “In the short term we are using the site to create further car parking space after consulting with traders on the issue.”

Council engineers will also meet with traders and residents close to the demolition site to update them on the activities planned.
Russell Greenslade, Chief Executive of Swansea BID (Business Improvement District), said: “This is definitely a step in the right direction in terms of city centre regeneration.
“Talking with our members locally and nationally, it’s felt creating more space will help recruit new businesses into the area. This can only be a good thing in driving foot flow and developing the shopping and visitor experience. But during these works, it’s very much business as usual in the city centre.”

A perimeter fence will be erected during week commencing 13th August around the buildings to be demolished in St David’s and the necessary working areas.

Pedestrian access will be maintained around the perimeter, however the following east west links will have to be closed for public safety:-

  • The pedestrian route between Thomas Street and St David’s Square will be closed from Monday 13th August for 19weeks.
  • The pedestrian route between Albert Row and LLys Dewi St will be closed from Monday 13th August for 36 weeks.
  • The pedestrian route between Albert Row and Llys Dewi St will be closed from 24th September for 26 weeks. Should the contractor amend his current programme and decide to start the demolition of Oldway House before this date the closure will be brought forward.

1st August 2012 – St David’s and Oldway demolition starts this month.

LONG-TERM regeneration plans for Swansea city centre will take a step forward this month when work starts on demolishing the largely empty St David’s Shopping Centre and Oldway House sites.
A contractor appointed by Swansea Council to lead the demolition works will start on site from Monday August 13.

Swansea Council and the Welsh Government bought the sites to pave the way for a major, retail-led regeneration scheme in the long-term when economic conditions across the UK improve.

But in the short-term, a car park will be put in place when demolition work is complete to meet the needs of local traders. Swansea Council already has planning permission for a 160-space car park on site but its capacity could be further increased in future.
The Welsh Government contributed grants towards the purchase and demolition of the sites through its Regeneration Area programme and the Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science Department.

A huge majority of the works, earmarked for completion by the end of March 2013, will take place on weekdays between 8am and 6pm.
Nearby residents and businesses will be regularly updated.

Cllr Nick Bradley, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “The St David’s and Oldway House sites are key to the city centre’s future, but they’ve fallen into a state of disrepair and have become an eyesore.
“But their purchase and demolition in partnership with the Welsh Government means they’ll no longer be an obstacle in the way of a retail-led scheme that will vastly improve Swansea city centre in the long-term.
“Constructing a car park in the short-term is a logical solution until economic conditions improve because it will respond to the needs of city centre traders by helping attract more shoppers.

“We’ll do all we can to minimise disruption and will keep nearby traders and residents as informed as possible during the works.”
Huw Lewis, the Welsh Government’s Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage, said: “The St David’s Shopping Centre and Oldway House sites are in a prime location to provide a boost to Swansea city centre when they are redeveloped.
“In the meantime, car parking is a practical and much-needed, short-term solution for the city centre and it is very pleasing that Welsh Government funding has contributed to the first steps of redevelopment. It’s an excellent example of how we are working with Swansea Council to deliver results for the people of Swansea.”

Edwina Hart, Minister for Business, said: “I was pleased to be able to support the purchase of Oldway House to help accelerate proposals for the redevelopment and regeneration of the city centre in line with the priorities agreed between the Council and the Welsh Government.
“It is vitally important that Swansea has a vibrant retail centre and these plans should enable a step change towards transforming Swansea’s retail fortunes. It provides an early start for the regeneration of this part of the city centre as well as providing construction jobs and new retail employment opportunities.”

Demolition means some footways in the area will be closed throughout the works but diversionary routes for pedestrians will be in place.

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