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Swansea warehouse to become ‘creative centre’

Posted by Marianne
April 16, 2014 in Property Development

A former furniture warehouse in South Wales is set to be transformed into a hub for firms in the creative sector.

The building, located on King’s Lane in Swansea, has been derelict for nearly two decades. It is scheduled to come online as early as December, although it is hoped that the venue’s first tenants will move in at the start of next year.

Talking about the £25m two phase project, the first of which has already been completed with the addition of 76 homes and a number of retail units on wasteland, project manager Dom Amirat said:

“In phase two, we want to try and make the area somewhere young people will want to both work and live.”

Mr Amirat explained that office partitions will divide the warehouse flooring into spaces, which can be used by a wide range of creative business.

Saying that the plan is to build spaces that would normally be beyond the financial reach of many firms, he said the space would be ideal for anyone from:

“…a digital production firm, or a one-man-band making jewellery or ceramics.”

The building is a notable one in Swansea, being a rare example of the city’s Victorian architecture that survived Nazi bombing campaigns during the Second World War.

Occupied for over 100 years, from 1889 to 1995 by Down and Sons furniture makers, the firm became something of an institution in the city.

Preserving that heritage will be key to the refurbishment that, whilst presenting a brand new interior, will not change the external fabric of the building.

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