Phase one

An integral part of the ambitious city-wide regeneration, the £135 million Copr Bay Phase One scheme is a new cultural district encompassing a 3,500-capacity live performance arena and conference centre - to be operated on a long-term basis by the Ambassador Theatre Group - a 150-room hotel, a coastal park, landmark bridge, new homes, offices and food and beverage space. These dramatic developments will allow the city to realise its potential to become one of the most exciting places in the UK to live, work, visit and study.

Key Stats

230,000

visitors to the new arena per year

Over £460 million

tourist expenditure per year

600,000

people within 30 min drive time

+10.4%

expected population growth by 2036

33

new affordable homes

Prime

Waterfront location

30,000

university students study in Swansea

£17.1 million

additional GVA from Phase One per annum

4.7 million

tourists visit each year

950

car parking spaces

£1 billion

investment across the city

15 minutes

from Mumbles, featuring on
The Sunday Times Best Places To Live

160

shows at the arena per year

750

delegate capacity at conference facilities

8

commercial / F&B units

ATG Arena

Due for completion in late-2021, Copr Bay will be anchored by a multifunctional arena and conference centre, operated by the global leader in live theatre, The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG). The venue aims to stage 160 performances a year across comedy, theatre, live music and gaming, attracting over 230,000 visitors per year to the city and positioning Swansea as a desirable destination for both leisure and business.

ATG website

We have been working with Swansea Council for a period of time now to create a world class venue for a variety of events and performances in South Wales. This incredible live performance space will be at the forefront of our new music and comedy strategy, as well as presenting new content like Gaming and E-sports. We are looking forward to entertaining audiences in the Arena with the best acts from the UK and globally.

Mark Cornell

Chief Executive Officer, Ambassador Theatre Group

We have been working with Swansea Council for a period of time now to create a world class venue for a variety of events and performances in South Wales. This incredible live performance space will be at the forefront of our new music and comedy strategy, as well as presenting new content like Gaming and E-sports. We are looking forward to entertaining audiences in the Arena with the best acts from the UK and globally.

Mark Cornell

Chief Executive Officer, Ambassador Theatre Group

Bridge Link

A stunning new connection between coast and city

Connecting the city to the Marina and sandy beach, the pedestrian and cycle bridge is designed by ACME architects in collaboration with local artist Marc Rees.

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World-class design defines the buildings, parks and structures of the new Copr Bay district. At its heart is the new Arena, clad in a luminescent metal curtain that will bring performances alive and create a new Swansea landmark.

Oystermouth Road has separated the city from the bay for too long, and the new bridge will finally reconnect the city centre with the Arena and Marina, and become a stepping-stone to the beach. The design of the bridge has taken inspiration from Swansea's history as a world capital of metal production, and the perforation patterns developed with local artist Marc Rees reveal abstracted silhouettes of swans from close and afar. The Bridge colour and lighting are designed to move in synchronisation with the illuminating façade of the Arena to create a district that pulsates with life at day and night.

Friedrich Ludewig

Director at ACME, Masterplanners and Architects for Copr Bay

Coastal Park

New Coastal Park public realm

A stone’s throw from the city’s spectacular beach, 1.1 acres of landscaped gardens surround the new arena and provide an attractive, new space in the city for the community and visitors to dwell. Within the coastal park will sit The Pavilion café dining and bar concept.

pavilion leasing

Project timeline

October 2018

Planning permission granted

Q4 2019

Work begins on site

Mid 2021

Scheme opening

Late 2021

ATG arena opens

October 2018

Planning permission granted

Q4 2019

Work begins on site

Mid 2021

Scheme opening

Late 2021

ATG arena opens

Phase Two follows

Leasing Opportunities

Leasing opportunities are now available for Phase One of Copr Bay, with retail and café units available on Wassail Street adjacent to the new feature bridge, the ‘Pavilion’ to be situated in the new Coastal Park, and in St David’s Square.

Current leasing opportunities