The Waterfront Connections project, which is run by the City and County of Swansea (CCS) with the aim of strengthening the links for pedestrians and cyclists between the City Centre and its waterfront, has been awarded £350,000.
The Haford Cooper Works project, a joint initiative between CCS and Swansea University to preserve an integral part of the story of the Swansea Copper industry, is to receive £158,000.
Announcing the funding the Minister said:
"These two very different projects brilliantly demonstrate the variety and quality of attractions that Swansea has to offer and how we are helping to make the most of the wonderful natural and historic resources in the city for both visitors and local residents.
"I am delighted that Welsh Government Regeneration Area funding is being put to such good use to benefit so many people and improve the city which will in turn, boost the local economy."
Cllr Nick Bradley, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said:
"The Waterfront Connections and Hafod Copperworks projects are terrific examples of how we can benefit both Swansea people and visitors to the city by working in close partnership with the Welsh Government and Swansea University.
"The ongoing Waterfront Connections scheme is giving pedestrians and cyclists better links than ever between the city centre and our stunning waterfront while the Hafod Copperworks scheme will breathe new life into a site that’s of international historic significance.
"These schemes show we’re determined to make Swansea a modern, vibrant city where we also do all we can to preserve and celebrate our heritage."
The funding for the Waterfront Connections project will enable improvements such as landscaping, additional tree planting and an enhanced public art programme and signage works to complement the Boulevard scheme.
The project is part of the overall programme of works that fall under the Swansea Waterfront City, a £32m project funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Regeneration Area programme and CCS. This investment will increase the total Regeneration Area match funding contribution to £6.35m.
The Hafod Copper Works project funding will go towards additional works to stabilise the listed V&S engine shed on the site. It will also fund landscaping works on the site to create a suitable gateway for the project.
This funding brings the Regeneration Area’s contribution to the first phase of the project to £343,100. Further funding has been contributed by Cadw’s Heritage Tourism Project which is backed with funding from the ERDF and CCS.
The Hafod Copperworks site dates back to 1810 and includes 14 buildings and structures of international historic significance.
As part of this phase consultants Purcell, who specialise in architectural and conservation work, have recently been appointed to provide a masterplan to take the project forward over the coming years.