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Evolving the heart of Swansea


Holder Mathias has recently secured planning consent for the sensitive site in Swansea’s historic city centre. At £8 million the scheme will transform the historic heart of Swansea.

Working on behalf of client Coastal Housing Group, planning permission has been secured for Castle Quarter – a mixed-use development overlooking Swansea Castle. It will consist of 26 affordable apartments and four duplex private apartments, together with 8,000 sq ft for use as restaurants and cafes.

Castle Quarter follows on from the £30 million Urban Village development on High Street and the Strand, also led by Coastal Housing Group and designed by Holder Mathias. It is hoped that both of these residential-led mixed-use schemes will introduce vitality into this area of the city, while recognising its historical importance.

Terry Morley, partner at Holder Mathias, said: “This site is hugely important for Swansea and will create a striking new quarter for the city that places the castle at its heart.

“Together with the Urban Village development, this scheme will hugely enhance the existing qualities of the area, making the most of a much-loved but underutilised asset to the town.  Not only this, but it will facilitate greater connectivity across the city as well as create an impressive gateway.

“With demolition on the site complete and the contractor in the process of being appointed, I am hoping the project will be onsite in spring 2013 and completed by summer 2014 – we’re very much looking forward to its completion.”

Coastal’s Director of Development, Gerraint Oakley, said: “We are pleased to have gained planning approval for this unique scheme which will reinvigorate this historic area while offering prestigious duplex apartments and high quality affordable accommodation in the heart of the city.

“We are already in negotiations with high-profile retailers interested in the restaurant units in the Castle Quarter scheme, which could make it a real destination venue for local people.”