The SA1 Scheme in Swansea

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Where?
What?
When?
Why?
How?
Who?
K.I. 2.3 Change in the Inner City
Inner city – terraced houses, mainly privately rented tenure.
What is it?
The Prince
of Wales and
north docks
completed
1898 –
exported
COAL in vast
quantities
Swansea Docks is the collective name for several docks in
Swansea, Wales. The Swansea docks are located
immediately south east of Swansea city centre. In the mid
19th century, the port was exporting 60% of the world's
copper from factories situated in the Tawe valley.
THE PRINCE OF WALES DOCKS IS NOW THE SA1
SCHEME.
Where is it?
SA1 –
regeneration
scheme
When?
This inner city regeneration scheme – the
SA1 is still being built now in 2014.
http://www.sa1swanseawaterfront.co.uk/upload/swf/SA1_Fi
ndUs_20080205172326.swf
Why was regeneration needed?
The main issues that resulted were a mix of environmental,
social and economic problems:
• Decaying urban environment with many derelict
buildings and warehouses. Visual pollution from the
wasteland and increasing litter.
• Social exclusion of local people in St Thomas, many of
whom depended on the docks and associated
industries for work. Mass unemployment occurred
here.
• Negative multiplier effect of a spiral of decline. As
people became unemployed they had less money to
spend in local shops which closed down meaning people
had fewer services available.
How?
Regenerating the inner city - SA1
• The SA1 redevelopment is a policy which aims to
make the former Prince of Wales dock an
attractive living and working environment. It is led
by the Welsh Assembly Government working with
Swansea Council.
By making improvements to the:
• Economy
• Physical environment and
• Social aspects
SA1 regeneration in Swansea
Improvements include:
• Derelict buildings such as the J shed have been renovated
• The Technium buildings are attracting high tech knowledge
based industries
• 2000 plus quality apartments and houses E.g. Altamar –
designed and created by Bellway homes
• The Sail bridge provides a unique landmark – walk across the
R. Tawe to the CBD
• Restaurants such as La Parilla in the J-shed
• Private dental care centre
• Verve restaurant and Velocity (gym and health club) opened
in the Village Hotel
• Admiral insurance has a head office and call centre providing
over 900 jobs
• Tesco Express located in SA1
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