Swansea Council Cabinet is set to discuss a smart new concept for the Castle Square town center gardens – one that presents more greenery, fun and reasons to visit.
This year’s public consultation saw 95% of people support a concept of a council for a space with more trees, grass and other greenery.
A detailed blueprint has since been drawn up – and it will be presented to cabinet on December 16.
Members will be asked to commit financing funds to support development over the next two years.
If members agree to the funding, the plans will go through a formal planning process next summer. It will be another chance for the public to express themselves.
If the plans are approved, the new gardens could be in use by the end of 2023. The upgrade is part of Swansea’s Â£ 1billion regeneration, in conjunction with the new Kingsway and Wind Street, with Copr Bay and with more to come from several million pounds. projects in places such as the Civic Center site.
Together they will see thousands of jobs preserved and created in the city center and Swansea become a place where more people want to live, work, study and spend quality free time.
The city center will also benefit from the brand new PSPO (public space protection ordinance) which helps to combat anti-social behavior.
The latest plans for Castle Square Gardens:
- More greenery: A planting plan has been developed to incorporate new trees, green roofs, rain gardens and more accessible landscaped areas. It will reflect the council’s green infrastructure strategy. Biodiversity would increase and existing trees would remain, with new trees planted.
- Two cafÃ©-restaurant pavilions: One will be in the current stepped area, the other near the Zara store.
- A more active area: The current water feature will disappear. Instead, there will be jets of water at ground level.
- A stronger identity: At the heart of the design is a patterned floor using existing stone and new granite inserts. Modern lighting and digital art elements are also planned.
- Improved connections with neighboring areas:New outdoor seating and dining areas could be introduced in Temple Street and Princess Way.
The vision, which takes into account the public opinions expressed to the board over the past several years, was developed by respected ACME Architects and Spider Development Managers.
head of council Rob stewart said: âOur greener and more welcoming Castle Square Gardens will play a key role in the great future of Swansea. This 21st Century concept has a keen eye on the place’s green past.
âPeople will want to spend more time in Castle Square Gardens, organizing events there and enjoying its more active and distinctive look.
âIt will be much more family-friendly – a Castle Square Gardens for the 21stst Century.”
Robert francis davies, a member of the council’s investment, regeneration and tourism cabinet, said: âCastle Square Gardens will be accessible to all, a focal point for gatherings.
âThe additional greenery will have multifunctional benefits for residents and will positively contribute to creating an attractive destination space for visitors.
“The new water features will mean new visual attraction and new game functionality.”
The work would be financed in several ways, in particular from the municipality’s budget. Revenue would include revenue from leases on catering units.
The big screen would remain.