The funding has been awarded from the Regeneration Area programme to develop Swansea Castle, the former Copperworks site at Hafod and the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery.
£135,000 of funding has been approved towards the completion of the second phase of landscaping at Swansea Castle, creating a public space within the grounds and opening the castle to the public for the first time in 50 years. The castle will also act as a visitor gateway for the city.
The redevelopment of the Copperworks site at Hafod will create a modern and vibrant riverside area, whilst preserving Swansea’s industrial heritage by capitalising and celebrating the River Tawe’s unique contribution to the industrial revolution. The finished project on the banks of the Tawe will see a hub of commercial, residential and retail space created. £150,000 has been awarded to kick start the first phase of the work.
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery is one of the leading contemporary art galleries in Wales, with status to exhibit some of the most prestigious and vulnerable pieces of art in the world. £300,000 has been awarded through the Regeneration Area programme to improve the conditions of the building, the care of collections and to allow greater access to the works for a wider audience.
Huw Lewis said:
“Swansea is steeped in history, from its ancient castle to the more recent industrial past. Preserving this heritage is a major factor in regenerating the city.
“These projects can help to tell the Swansea story – how the city and its people have evolved over centuries - and can provide a glimpse of the rich culture of today.
“The projects are part of a wider regeneration programme encompassing other parts of the city and outlying suburbs.”
Cllr Chris Holley, Swansea Council Leader, said:
“It’s hugely encouraging that the Welsh Government is contributing funds towards three important projects in the Swansea area.
“The aim at Swansea Castle and the former copperworks site at Hafod is to preserve our rich history while looking to the future and the planned refurbishment work at the Glynn Vivian will lead to an attraction that’s befitting of the 21st Century and help maintain Swansea’s status as a proud city of culture.
“These partnership projects are examples of several that will help raise the profile of Swansea in the UK and beyond. It’s important to attract new development but it’s equally vital that we build on what we already have.”
The Welsh Government announced Swansea as the fourth Regeneration Area in Wales in early 2009.