Plans for a groundbreaking Swansea city centre building that allows innovative tech and creative businesses to establish and grow could be given planning permission today.

A planning application for a glazed structure rising six storeys on the site of The Kingsway’s former Oceana nightclub is being recommended for approval.

More than 600 people could work there.

The plans, assisted by feedback in a public consultation last year and further feedback this year, feature two underground levels making use of the former building basement.

They show a roof terrace and balconies with green infrastructure including trees. This reflects Swansea Council’s commitment to green infrastructure. The building’s working title is 71 and 72 Kingsway.

The council wants to develop the striking creative hub, with public access. The scheme includes a new link from Oxford Street onto The Kingsway.

The building will be high-tech, eco-friendly and have flexible open-plan work spaces including the balconies overlooking the city centre.

The design of the building and the new landscaped pedestrian link will include measures to capture rainwater run-off. Some of this will be redirected to irrigate the green elements of the scheme; this will reduce water use.

Heat source pumps will be used and windows will open. These measures will help heat and cool the building, reducing energy costs.
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