4 March 2021/ Area guides

Office leasing guide: Swansea

Offices to rent in Swansea

Wales’s second city, Swansea, can be found on the south coast, roughly an hour’s drive west from the capital, Cardiff. It has a little bit of everything, thanks to the picturesque Gower Peninsula coastline, buzzing city centre and beautiful surrounding countryside. If you’re looking for a new base in south wales, Swansea might just fit the bill.

This former industrial centre was once nicknamed ‘Copperopolis’ thanks to its important role in the copper industry. The city’s smelters were legendary and received ores of gold and silver all the way from the US in the 19th century, as they could extract it from even the most complex chemical mixes.

However, industry declined throughout the 20th century, meaning the city came to reinvent itself as a centre for professional services around the new millennium. Now, it’s a vibrant place to live and work, thanks to its strong connections to other cities and excellent amenities.

Swansea University can also be found in the city, which is renowned for its contributions to engineering, physics and computer science. Its medical school was also ranked as the third-best in the country, behind only Cambridge and Oxford. As a result, you’ll have a rich pool of graduate talent to pick from if you base yourself here.

Want to find out more about living and working in Swansea? Here’s everything you need to know.

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Notable business areas in Swansea

Often described as the regional centre of South West Wales, Swansea has a number of key business areas. In the city’s northern suburb of Llansamlet, you’ll find Swansea Enterprise Park. It’s Swansea’s largest commercial district and is home to a mixture of sectors, including the retail units of Morfa Shopping Park, offices and light industrial space.

Swansea’s City Centre is where its Business Improvement District concentrates most of its activity. It was the first BID to be set up in Wales, and the area has undergone extensive renovation over the years. Now it’s a hive of activity, thanks to popular retail areas like Oxford Street and modern city-centre offices that attract plenty of prime tenants.

Swansea has great transport links

Swansea has four train stations

Its main train station has regular services run by Great Western Railway, which travel east through Cardiff, Newport, Bristol, Swindon and Reading to London. You can also travel north via the Heart of Wales Line, which terminates at Shrewsbury. Its three suburban stations, Gowerton, Llansamlet and Pontarddulais, offer a handy link to the centre of Swansea.

Swansea is connected to other cities by the M4

This major route runs from just west of Swansea all the way east to London, via cities and towns including Cardiff, Newport, Bristol, Swindon and Reading. It also connects to the M5 just outside Bristol, which can take you north to Gloucester, Cheltenham, Worcester and Birmingham. The A465 starts just outside Swansea too, which can take you across Wales towards the Brecon Beacons.

There are four dedicated cycle routes in Swansea

Four routes run across the city, which are handy for both commuters and weekend explorers. They are:

  • The Swansea Bay route, running from the Maritime Quarter to the Mumbles Pier
  • Clyne Valley Country Park, running from Blackpill to Gowerton
  • River Tawe route, which is part of the National Cycle Network’s Route 43
  • Fabian Way route, which is part of the National Cycle Network’s Route 4

Swansea has an extensive network of bus services

Most of Swansea’s services are operated by First Cymru, and the central Bus Station is just 10 minutes’ walk from the city’s main train station. You can travel across the city and its suburbs, as well as around areas like the Gower Peninsula, with ease. National services also call at the station, which are operated by Megabus and National Express.

Cardiff Airport is just over an hour’s drive from Swansea

It’s the closest airport to the city and can be easily reached via the M4. From here, you can fly to a number of destinations across the country and to popular cities across Europe, so it’s a handy local airport to be close to. The nearest major airport is Birmingham. Though it’s around two and a half hours away, it’s relatively easy to reach if you head straight north via the M5.

Offices to let in Swansea

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There are lots of excellent business amenities in and around Swansea

Swansea’s hotels are great for business travellers

There are plenty of great options for all budgets across Swansea. Four-star Dragon Hotel is just seven minutes from Swansea’s main railway station and has lots of luxurious amenities. Similarly, upmarket options include The Music Fable hotel and Swansea Mariott Hotel, which offers scenic views across the bay. At the lower end of the budget scale, you’ll find properties like Travelodge Swansea Central, ibis Swansea Hotel and Premier Inn Swansea City Centre. There are also a number of independent properties, including Village Hotel Swansea and the grand Morgans Hotel.

You’ll find handy meeting rooms across the city

Cool coworking space The Hive is a chic place to host meetings in the Uplands area, while Princess House is an excellent option if you’re looking for a central location. Looking for space to host a larger event? Swansea FC’s Liberty Stadium has its own dedicated conference and events space, which can host hundreds for dinner, drinks and networking.

Swansea has a restaurant for every taste

Looking to impress a client? Wine and dine them at spots like Hanson at the Chelsea, an award-winning seafood restaurant, French bistro Bouchon de Rossi or Pant-Y-Gwydr, a fusion Welsh-French eatery.

If you’re seeking something a little more laid back, share a casual bite at sushi bar Little Tokyo, spice it up at Panshee or sample tapas dishes at El Pescador. There are also a number of places to host coffee meetings, including 1950s themed Kardomah and Basekamp.

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Swansea has plenty of other useful facilities

Love to stay active? There are a number of gyms and fitness centres across Swansea. You’ll find familiar brands like The Gym Swansea, Xercise4Less and Crossfit, where you can work up a sweat alongside independent facilities like Killay Health and Fitness Club and Village Gym Swansea.

And if you’re craving a bit of retail therapy, there are lots of shopping centres across Swansea. Central Quadrant Shopping Centre is a bustling place packed with lots of high-street brands, located conveniently in the city centre.

Swansea even has its own Oxford Street, which is estimated to attract more than 50,000 visitors every week. Swansea Market is also a lovely place to find fresh food stalls, quaint goods and local sellers, so it’s well worth a lunchtime stroll. You could also head to Parc Tawe Retail Park, which is home to shops, a cinema and a number of delicious dining options.

Notable office tenants in Swansea

  • BT
  • HSBC
  • Admiral
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Wolfestone

Key agents

  • RJ Chartered Surveyors
  • Savills
  • Dawsons
  • Alder King LLP
  • Astley Chartered Surveyors

Offices, serviced office and co-working spaces in Swansea

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Interesting facts about Swansea

There are a number of secret tunnels across the city, including Wind Street’s smuggling tunnel and the River Tawe tunnel.

At Mumbles Castle, which was built in the 14th century, graffiti has been discovered that’s thought to date back more than 700 years.

There’s a hidden village in the Upper Swansea Valley hillside, which was once known as Pantyfynnon, which can be explored during a scenic woodland walk.

Swansea has its very own ‘Big Apple’ – a quaint, apple-shaped ice cream kiosk that has occupied a prime seaside spot in Mumbles for more than 80 years.