Princess Way

Swansea

We were commissioned as architects for the redevelopment of this existing 1950’s office building (known locally as the Smith- Llewelyn building) into a building of significance, bringing it back into beneficial use with a viable and high quality Grade ‘A’ office development to contribute to the regeneration of this part of Swansea. Our proposal for this contemporary multi-storey development comprises retail units on the ground floor, three storeys of open plan Grade ‘A’ office accommodation above with a communal roof terrace providing access to 3 no. roof pod meeting rooms. The brief was to create a scheme that will provide high quality workspace to meet the needs of 21st Century SMEs in a city economy.

  • Client Morganstone
  • Budget
  • Completed On Site

Our brief was to create a contemporary building that would provide a commercial offer in Swansea not yet seen in terms of Grade “A” office  space, together with regenerating a key corner of the city centre, respecting and reinforcing it’s heritage context.

Previous schemes for this site had been considered with design options prepared for a mixed use scheme of A3/ A1 at ground floor with residential above, but to achieve the necessary viability the scale of those proposals was considered too great in relation to the historic buildings surrounding the site, resulting in the office use being taken forward as the preferred approach as a replacement to the residential on the upper floors.

Key elements of the brief:
• A1/A3 flexible units to ground floor
• Glazed frontage to ground floor
• Public realm to be considered immediately adjacent to building on Princess Way and St Mary’s Street
• Three storeys of office accommodation
• Grade “A” office specification
• Entrance for office to be off Princess Way – main route
• Architectural aesthetic to reflect a high-quality business district
• Rooftop garden to be provided for commercial occupiers – well-being principles/biophilic approach
• Development to repair the existing urban fabric