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Major Welsh regeneration scheme underway

Main contractor Bouygues UK has begun enabling works for the Pentre Awel development, which is said to the largest regeneration scheme in south west Wales.

The scheme will bring together life science and business innovation, research, education, community healthcare and modern leisure facilities at the 83-acre Delta Lakes site on the Llanelli coastline.

The scheme aims to create around 1,800 jobs over 15 years, boosting the local economy by more than £450M. The project is being delivered by Carmarthenshire County Council, in partnership with Hywel Dda University Health Board, and local universities and colleges.

The overall scheme will be developed in phases, with the initial works including a leisure centre set to be completed by summer 2024.

The centre will include 25m-long eight-lane swimming pool and learner pool; an eight-court sports hall; a gym; dance, spin and multi-purpose studios, and hydrotherapy pool funded by charitable donations and available for use by NHS patients.

A clinical delivery and research centre is also planned, which will enable Hywel Dda University Health Board to expand its research and medical engineering capacity.

Further phases will consist of social and affordable housing schemes, an assisted living village and an hotel.

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