Swansea Masterplan Architecture, Welsh Retail Project, Quadrant Shopping Centre

Swansea Masterplan, Wales Development

New Buildings in South Wales design by BDP architects, UK

post updated 28 Mar 2021 ; 11 Jan 2008

Swansea City Masterplan


BDP’s masterplan has formed the basis for a successful bid by developers Hammerson and Urban Splash for a 30 acre, mixed-use, retail-led scheme in the centre of Swansea. They were selected by The City Council and the Welsh Assembly Government to deliver the masterplan for the city centre following a nine month competition process.

The masterplan is designed to fully integrate with the retail circuit in Swansea, extending it towards the waterfront and with the existing Quadrant shopping centre.

The scheme will provide over 60,000 sqm of new retail space. It will also provide 1,000 new apartments, hotels, new leisure and conference facilities and parking for 3,000 cars.

The scheme will provide six acres of public space and creates a new city square between two landmark churches, St Mary’s and St David’s.

Swansea, South Wales:
Swansea Masterplan, South Wales aerial view
image is in the public domain because it is a screenshot from NASA’s globe software World Wind using a public domain layer

A main thoroughfare, Oystermouth Road which currently separates the town centre from the sea, will be transformed into a new European Boulevard and emphasis is placed on reinforcing new pedestrian routes across Oystermouth Road through a number of ‘crossing squares’, providing a safe and attractive route to the new waterfront.

Open retail streets will be created with residential accommodation above as part of the mixed-use scheme. Improvements in pedestrian links to the waterfront, the Marine Quarter and the SA1 development form the basis of a public realm strategy.

The masterplan relies on views and vistas along every street to guide the visitor and to provide a clear sense of location within the scheme, reinforcing the vision to create a vibrant, exciting, sustainable, European Waterfront city.

The team will be working with The County and City of Swansea over the next 18 months towards gaining planning consent for the scheme.

Swansea City Masterplan information from BDP

Swansea masterplan designers :BDP architects, UK

Masterplan Designs

Location: Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

Welsh Architecture

Contemporary Architecture in Wales

Swansea Buildings

Welsh Architect

Cardiff Transport Interchange
Architecture: Holder Mathias Architects
Cardiff Transport Interchange
image courtesy of architecture office
Cardiff Transport Interchange Development

Cardiff Library Building
Design: BDP Architects
Cardiff Library Building

Swansea Museum architects: Wilkinson Eyre

Welsh Architecture – Selection

Aberystwyth Creative Units
Design: Heatherwick Studio
Aberystwyth Creative Units

Galeri Creative Enterprise Centre, Caernarfon, northwest Wales
Design: Richard Murphy Architects
Welsh arts building

Welsh National Assembly – Photographs

Welsh building : Galeri Creative Enterprise Centre

Welsh House Competition

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