Work starts on Llanelli Wellness and Life Science Village

Work has officially started at Delta Lakes in Llanelli ready for the £200m Wellness and Life Science Village (MediWales, 2017).

Initial ground works are now underway to support the “once in a lifetime” future development of the Llanelli Waterside Joint Venture land.

Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd has been appointed to carry out the site preparation works following a competitive tender exercise using the council’s contractor framework.

The Wellness and Life Science Village, which will see an investment of more than £200m along the Llanelli coastline, is being led by Carmarthenshire Council, under the ARCH (A Regional Collaboration for Health) programme, which is a partnership between Hywel Dda and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Boards and Swansea University. It is also a key project for the Swansea Bay City Region and is earmarked to receive £40m as part of the £1.3bn City Deal funding.

ARCH is the largest ever regeneration project in South West Wales, it aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people across the region, creating high quality jobs and boosting the economy. The proposals include an Institute of Life Science with laboratory and clinic space and an incubation facility for business start-up, research and development, a wellness hub incorporating a new state of the art sports and leisure centre and a wellbeing centre. There will also be a wellness hotel and an assisted living village all interlinked and set within a green eco-park.

Carmarthenshire Council leader Emlyn Dole said “This is a very exciting time for the region and I am delighted to see that initial works have started. Delta Lakes will provide a ‘world class’ Wellness and Life Science Village in Llanelli bringing together health, leisure, business and research. As well as encouraging people to lead healthier lives and delivering care closer to people’s homes; it aims to build on the success of the Institute of Life Science (ILS) at Swansea University attracting private sector investment which will create up to 2000 good quality, well-paid jobs across a range of professions and boost the economy by a staggering £467 million over 15 years.”

The Swansea Bay City Deal is a £1.3bn investment that will transform the economic landscape of the area, boosting the local economy by £1.8bn, and generating almost ten thousand new jobs over the next fifteen years.

The Swansea Bay City Region Board includes four local authorities, Carmarthenshire Council, Swansea City Council, Neath Port Talbot Council and Pembrokeshire Council, together with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg and Hywel Dda University Health Boards, Swansea University and the University of Wales Trinity St David’s, and private sector companies.

The City Deal was signed by Prime Minister Theresa May and Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones, the Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns, Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government Professor Mark Drakeford, and the leaders of the four local authorities on March 20th.

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