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Swansea’s new arena nears completion as seating is installed

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Seats are now being installed inside Swansea Arena’s auditorium as construction of the city’s new Copr Bay district continues to make progress.

New behind-the-scenes photos also show other features of the £135m district starting to take shape, including the 1.1-acre coastal park and the new café and restaurant to be run by The Secret Hospitality Group.

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Seating is being installed in the arena’s auditorium (Image: Swansea Council)
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Images of work taking place on the arena’s auditorium floor are caught on camera too, along with photos of some of the decorative features on ceilings inside the arena building.

Swansea Council is developing the Copr Bay phase one district, which is being advised by development managers RivingtonHark. Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) will operate the 3,500-capacity Swansea Arena.

Work is also taking place on the arena’s internal flooring (Image: Swansea Council)
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The Copr Bay district also includes new homes, new car parking, the new bridge over Oystermouth Road, and more spaces for leisure and hospitality businesses.

Copr Bay phase one construction – led by Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd – will be complete later this year, with the arena opening its doors in early 2022.

Progress is also being made on the new rooftop coastal park and restaurant (Image: Swansea Council)
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Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: “More and more progress is being made on the Copr Bay phase one district every day, with these latest photos giving a flavour of some of the work which is now on-going.

“The stunning arena will combine with the coastal park, the new restaurant and other features of Copr Bay to create a vibrant district that will be worth hundreds of jobs and £17.1m a year to Swansea’s economy.

“As well as bringing world class entertainment and new leisure facilities to the people of Swansea, Copr Bay will also benefit our existing city centre businesses because of the extra footfall and spending it will generate.”

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Decorative features on the arena’s ceiling (Image: Swansea Council)

Keith Powles, Technical and Building Manager at Swansea Arena, said: “The progress that has been made at the Arena in the last few weeks is nothing short of breathtaking.

“The incredible modular format of the Arena will allow us to host some of the most astounding touring acts in music, comedy and theatre – the likes of which have never been seen in the city. 

“I’m incredibly grateful and proud to be working on a project of this size in my hometown, and I am blown away daily by what this arena will offer to both artists and visiting guests.”

Access to the arena from street level beneath the new bridge (Image: Swansea Council)
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Workers testing the new LED screens that cover the outside of the arena (Image: Swansea Council)
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A view of the arena from the new rooftop coastal park (Image: Swansea Council)
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