Initiated through a £25 million scheme for the regeneration, redesign and rebuilding of the High Street and Strand Row areas of Wales’ second city, the Urban Village is a vision of sustainable living and working – intimate, yet connected and cosmopolitan, strong on identity and character, but also modern and metropolitan. Built in two phases, Coastal Housing Group is nearing completing on this exciting project in Swansea’s city centre.
Urban Village’s first phase saw the development of 76 affordable apartments along with four floors of office space and a number of high street facing retail units. The development is currently home to the city’s local newspaper, the South Wales Evening Post, and a number of independent businesses including The Raspberry Cakery, Indycube, Galerie Simpson, Well Pharmacy, NVUS Apparel and Coast Cafe as well as over 100 of Coastal Housing’s Swansea based staff.
The second phase has seen the construction of a brand new building, built purely for use by the creative industries. The community-centred work environment will allow like minded creative individuals to engage and share ideas with one another and foster a thriving creative quarter in Swansea.
Furthermore, works have been carried out to the Victorian Warehouse building which can also be found at Urban Village. The Victorian warehouse forms a unique part of Swansea’s historical past and has now been altered into a vibrant hub for both creative industries and established businesses with three floors of creative space available for rent. During its renovation, the warehouse’s exterior has remained mainly unaltered, but has been gutted and refurbished inside in order to bring it up to a high specification and make it useable and a desirable working area for today’s business needs.
When completed it is thought that the new buildings at Urban Village will attract new businesses and further footfall to the area adding to Swansea’s vast creative and cultural landscape and building upon the key impact the development has already had in the ongoing regeneration of High Street.