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Work to resume on tallest tower


Estate agent Chris Hope and Phillippa Watkins from Swansea Civic Society give their views on the tower

An agreement has been reached to finish work on the tallest residential building in Wales after a dispute between developers and builders.

Work is due to restart on the 28-storey Meridian Quay tower in Swansea marina two months after construction halted.

Builders Carillion downed tools in April because of a row over payment with the development firm Earthquake.

Most of the construction work had been finished and it is hoped the tower will be completed by the end of the year.

The first 26 floors of the main tower are residential with a restaurant due to open at the top.

Out of 123 apartments in the tower, there have been exchanges on 119 - but no-one has moved in - and the lease has been agreed on the restaurant.

Small sections of the tower have been boarded up to protect it from the elements since the work stopped.

Chris Hope, senior partner with Dawsons estate agent which has been selling flats in the tower, said he was delighted work was beginning again for the people waiting to move in.

"We are going to get people in there as quick as we can," he said.

"We are running about nine to 10 months behind schedule as to when it was originally supposed to be finished.

"But on the basis of the construction company being on site, it will take approximately four weeks to finish the first 13 floors which is about 77 apartments, and approximately two to three months to finish right to the top where the restaurant is."

He added that the restaurant could open in November or December.

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