Historic Swansea theatre set to turn into business hub

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A change in the intended use of a building should also trigger a review of the access control and security provisions on site, and this is exactly the case with Swansea’s historic Palace Theatre building, which is set to become home to technology, start-up and creative businesses.

According to a news report in the local business media, planning permission has been granted for the restoration and conversion of the 132-year-old six-storey structure. Works will include the reinstatement and restoration of the auditorium balustrading. A section of tiered seating will be retained to form social seating and presentation space, with the ability to accommodate small scale events.

The interior will retain the existing floors that look down towards a stage – as theatre audiences once would have done.

The planning application, submitted to Swansea planners in September, has now been approved. It shows the building’s structure maintained with the retention and restoration of original historic features and the reinstatement of other historic features.

The vision for the wedge-shaped grade two listed city centre building includes workspaces for more than 130 people.

On behalf of Swansea Council, GWP Architecture is leading the Palace project.

Council leader Rob Stewart said: “We’re preserving this landmark building and are pleased that planning permission has been granted.

“The sense of the theatre is to be retained wherever possible, with the opportunity for workspaces overlooking the original auditorium.

“Our plan will help transform the High Street area – already benefiting from many millions of private investment – and will help our £1bn regeneration work.”

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