Swansea

Urban Village - Holder Mathias

Swansea Urban Village fully opened in April 2016. Initiated through a £25 million scheme to aid the regeneration, redesign and rebuilding of the High Street and Strand Row areas of Swansea, Urban Village is a vision of sustainable living and working – intimate, yet connected and cosmopolitan, strong on identity and character, but also contemporary.

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With the development now complete, Urban Village continues to exemplify social, economic and physical regeneration in the area, drawing ever increasing levels of related activity to it, resulting in spill-overs which have already begun to fuel sustainable economic growth in this formerly deprived and neglected area of the city.

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Galvanizing has been used extensively at Urban Village as a practical and decorative finish to a number of balconies, guardings and also to a feature bridge that gives access to a nearby renovated warehouse building. The bridge is clad in galvanized steel sheet that incorporates a pattern created from thousands of perforations that references the network of docks and wharves that used to occupy the adjoining area before they were buried.
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Galvanizing was chosen as a practical and cost effective finish to give consistency to all of the decorative and structural metal-work within a new courtyard space. The galvanized finish contrasts perfectly with the individual forms and materials of the retained warehouse and the bold architectural approach.

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Images © David Gallimore