Steel frame erection work has started this week on the £135 million Swansea Central phase one scheme, which includes a new 3,500 capacity arena.
The UK Government has said that work on construction sites can continue amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, while new operating procedures have been published.
The full plans for the site include a 3,500-capacity digital indoor arena, coastal park, digital plaza, landmark pedestrian bridge, 36 flats, 15 retail units and a multi-storey car park.
A raised podium above the carpark will host an innovative planted public realm, creating a seamless integration of green infrastructure.
The arena building is to be the main anchor and visual landmark of the scheme. At 8654m2, the arena will have a capacity of 3,500 for concert mode, 2,196 for theatre mode and 750 for conference mode. The hospitality areas have been created to be highly flexible to optimise revenue.
AFL Architects has been appointed to deliver the scheme.
Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart said:
Work on the arena site has continued during the recent period of restrictions, in line with UK and Welsh Government guidance which allows construction to continue.
In the coming weeks steel work will emerge and this will be a highly visible indication of the progress being made with the scheme and that something special is emerging from this site.
This transformational regeneration project is key to delivering a 21st Century Swansea, which we will all be able to enjoy when the crisis is over.