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Swansea Bay city deal to bring thousands of construction jobs

Swansea Bay city deal to bring thousands of construction jobs

A new city deal for the Swansea Bay area is set to provide thousands of construction jobs as £1.3 billion worth of new projects take place.

The deal was signed by prime minister Theresa May and Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, one of four local authorities set to benefit from the cash. As well as the city council, signatories included the leaders of Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot and Pembrokeshire councils.

Among the projects set to take place are the building of 100,000 sq ft of new office space in Swansea City centre as part of the £169 million development of the Swansea City and Waterfront digital district. Another high-tech development will be the expansion of the Swansea University Singleton campus to provide more facilities for medical research through the Life Science & Well-being Campus project.

Existing strengths of other towns in the area are being built on. Following the recent saving of the steelworks in Neath Port Talbot, Tata Steel and the government will be partnering in the creation of a new Steel Science Centre there, which is designed to develop new techniques and technologies to help steelmaking in Britain to be competitive on the world market.  

In Pembrokeshire, a new £76 million Marine Energy Centre will be built at Milford Haven.

Discussing the deal, secretary of state for Wales Alun Cairns said: "The city deal will build on the strengths of the region and the opportunities available, helping Swansea compete with some of the world’s best cities through exciting digital technology."

Swansea could also be set for a huge construction project in the bay itself, with the proposed tidal lagoon energy project being backed by a government enquiry in January.

Designed by Tidal Lagoon Power, it would produce enough energy for 155,000 homes and further lagoons could subsequently be built in Cardiff Bay and at Newport.

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