An integral part of the ambitious city-wide regeneration, Copr Bay will be a vibrant new neighbourhood for culture and leisure, ideally located between Swansea’s city centre and its spectacular beach. Boasting a world-class live performance arena and conference centre, a new hotel, over an acre of new landscaped gardens, homes, offices and neighbourhood restaurants, Copr Bay 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.
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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.
Chief Executive Officer, Ambassador Theatre Group
Connecting the city to the Marina and sandy beach, the pedestrian and cycle bridge is designed by ACME architects in collaboration with Marc Rees, a locally based artist whose work is recognised on an international scale.
Swansea’s new landmark bridge is further evidence of the attention to high-quality design and bold artistic touches that are central to Copr Bay’s environment.
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.
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.
Director at ACME, Masterplanners and Architects for Copr Bay
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 concept.
In addition to Copr Bay Phase One, Swansea Council has identified seven further strategic sites across the city for major redevelopment. Each will support the Councils overall vision to transform the city into a vibrant working and leisure destination.
See the milestones achieved so far and what’s coming up at Copr Bay