Latest footage shows arena behind the scenes

22 June 2021

Latest video footage shows further progress for the landmark Copr Bay phase one development that includes the Swansea Arena.

The footage, taken by GoPro camera, shows features of the £135 million development including the 3,500-capacity arena starting to take shape.

Also included is footage of the Copr Bay bridge as well as the site next to the arena where a 1.1-acre coastal park is being developed.

These attractions will combine with new affordable apartments, business spaces and plenty of new car parking to make up the scheme.

Copr Bay phase one, worth £17.1 million a year to Swansea’s economy once operational, is being developed by Swansea Council and advised by development manager RivingtonHark. Due for completion this autumn, its construction is being led by Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism, said: “The arena is going to be showpiece attraction at the heart of the city’s new Copr Bay district.

“It will be a world class facility, helping bring the very best entertainment, conferences and other events to Swansea.

“This new video footage gives people a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the arena, with construction making more and more progress every day.”

Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) will run the Swansea Arena, once it’s open.

Swansea Council is financing Copr Bay Phase One, with some funding for the arena coming from the Swansea Bay City Deal.

The Copr Bay bridge is part-funded by the Welsh Government’s Active Travel fund.

A developer for Copr Bay phase two will be appointed later this year as part of Swansea Council’s Shaping Swansea initiative.