Richard Hayward Properties (RHP) has submitted a planning application to Swansea Council for a new bar and restaurant on The Strand to add to the diversity of the city centre’s wealth of eating and drinking establishments.

The three-storey building at 12 The Strand was originally part of the old Swansea Docks warehousing area. It has consent for light industrial use, but is currently vacant. If the application is granted by the City & County of Swansea it could become a thriving new restaurant in the heart of the city adding to the vitality of the area.

Ideally located close to both the Vue and Odeon multiplex cinemas as well as Bowlplex and Plantasia, the building is adjacent to Coastal Housing’s new Urban Village mixed-use development and linked to the regenerated SA1 Maritime Quarter. It could provide 2,820 sq ft over two floors. With seats for up to 84 diners as well as a bar area

Although The Strand was not included in the Wind Street rejuvenation of the early 2000s, it is still within the Wind Street conservation area of the city. The development aims to retain as much of the original period building as possible and has been designed in conjunction with Swansea Council’s urban designers.

A new façade would revitalise the redundant building, restoring it in keeping with the conservation and surrounding area. The new elevation would be constructed with facing brickwork to match the adjoining buildings., The ground floor windows will have rolling timber shutter to enhance security and retain the warehouse appearance.

Principal of PHP, Richard Hayward, said: ““We are really exciting about this new restaurant and plan to deliver something a little bit different for the people of Swansea and its many visitors. It really is a great city and this will be another fantastic addition to the leisure activities already on offer.

“We are currently discussing various operational options and hope to be able to make an exciting announcement in the near future. We’re doing well with restaurants at the moment, especially with Restaurant James Sommerin at our Beachcliff development in Penarth doing so well and there’s no reason we can’t replicate that elsewhere.”

RHP is currently enjoying great success with award-winning chef James Sommerin as part of RHP’s seafront redevelopment Beachcliff in Penarth, near Cardiff. The fine dining Restaurant James Sommerin has received rave reviews for its cooking and was recently rated top restaurant in Wales in the Good Food Guide and the 24th best restaurant in the UK.