Hafod-Morfa Copperworks Regeneration Project

SwanseaUniversityand Swansea Council are now embarking on phase 1 of a bold plan to preserve and bring back to life the Hafod/Morfa copper works in theLowerSwanseaValley. 

A community regeneration organisation called Groundwork Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot has been appointed to manage the regeneration of the world-famous Hafod Copperworks from early next year.

Work during phase 1will improve access to the site and provide opportunities for more visitors to learn aboutSwansea’s leading role in the industrial revolution and development of the global economy.

Activities proposed for the next 15 months include: 

  • Protecting some of the listed buildings
  • Clearing vegetation to open up the site
  • Establishing walking trails around the site
  • Installing interpretation and information
  • Community archaeology digs
  • On-site events

 The Welsh Government is contributing £277,000 to the scheme through the Swansea Regeneration Area programme and the Targeted Match Fund.  A sum of £244,000 has also been provided from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the Welsh Government’s £19m Heritage Tourism project.

This site has provided work and activity in Swansea for over 200 years and we want to continue this tradition now and in the future, and ensure that the community are actively involved and benefitting from the process of development as well as the end result. We want to hear from everybody who would like to contribute ideas, skills, time or whatever you have to offer.

The long-term plan is to create a vibrant, multi-purpose place for work, education, leisure, and commercial activity in and around this hugely important industrial heritage site and ensure that the site plays a central role in Swansea’s future as it has in the city’s past. 

Click here to find out how to get involved.

For more information, contact Stuart Griffin, Project officer, s.m.griffin@swansea.ac.uk  or Professor Huw Bowen: h.v.bowen@swansea.ac.uk