Swansea city centre regeneration work uncovers a lively former life

REGENERATION work in Swansea city centre has uncovered a lively former life of a building that’s set to have a bright future.

Work by the council at the former BHS and What! store – to create a public community hub with main library and other key public services – has brought back memories of some colourful 1980s nightlife.

Above the expansive building’s former Miss Selfridge store remains what’s left of the Cavalier bar.

Its décor and some of its old items offer a throwback to how drinkers enjoyed visits there more than three decades years ago.

Council cabinet member Elliott King said:

“We have a great future planned for this large building right at the heart of the city centre.

“It’s also interesting that our work there has revealed some unexpected social history from the building’s past – the old Cavalier – in a small part of the structure.

“I’d be really interested for the people of Swansea to let us have their memories using #SwanseaCavalier on social media.”

The former Cavalier and the rest of building are now secured for safety reasons. Main construction work to convert the building is due to start in the coming weeks – and the hub is due to open in 2024.

The community hub will be a big help to the public who wish to access key public services, featuring council and other community services, including the West Glamorgan Archive Service.

Meanwhile, an online meet the buyer event is being held to help inform businesses about opportunities during the project. It’s due to take place on October 12. Appointment bookings: www.bit.ly/BHSmtb.

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