New drone footage showing progress of Swansea’s emerging Copr Bay phase one district

Copr Bay phase one is being developed by Swansea Council and advised by development manager RivingtonHark

The video and photos give a latest bird’s eye view of attractions including Swansea Arena, the 1.1-acre coastal park and the landmark Copr Bay bridge. These new attractions will combine with new affordable apartments, business spaces and plenty of new car parking to make up the £135m Copr Bay phase one scheme. Its construction is being led by Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd.

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: “The stunning new video footage and photos show even further progress for construction of the Copr Bay phase one district which includes the 3,500-capacity Swansea Arena, a major new coastal park, the landmark Copr Bay bridge and many other features.

“Construction progress throughout the pandemic has been significant, which is testament to all involved – from council officers and our main contractor to our development managers and sub-contractors, who have adhered to Covid safe working practices at all times.

“With construction of this new vibrant new district on track for completion this autumn, it means Swansea’s economy is in a very strong place to recover from the impact of Covid-19.

“This scheme forms part of an on-going £1bn regeneration story that will transform Swansea into one of the UK’s best places to live, work, study and visit.”

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.


Andrew Goodwin

Rivington Hark appoints head of Local Authority Partnerships

RivingtonHark has further bolstered its team with the appointment of Andrew Goodwin to lead its expanding public sector business

Andrew will build on the existing public sector platform that the business has established in an area where RivingtonHark sees tremendous value from their experience in delivering change.

Andrew has extensive experience in establishing working partnerships with local authorities having led town centre, regeneration, and London development teams in Donaldsons, DTZ and CBRE. More recently he formed Courts Mount Associates and ongoing work from that business will merge with the RivingtonHark portfolio.

David Lewis, Executive Director RivingtonHark said “Andrew joins us at an incredibly exciting time of growth in this important part of our business. Our urban environment needs increasingly sophisticated solutions to maintain their relevance as we emerge from the current disruption and both the public and private sectors continue to seek experienced specialist assistance to devise and manage the required change. Andrew will be a great addition to the team and brings with him a wealth of highly relevant experience”

Andrew Goodwin

Installation of landmark bridge marks a symbolic moment in the regeneration of Swansea

Over the weekend the installation of a landmark new bridge, which connects Swansea city centre to its marina and beach, was completed.

Described on ITV as “a vision for post-pandemic future”, the transformational Copr Bay scheme in Swansea reached a new milestone recently, with the installation of a statement bridge that will connect the city centre to its new live performance arena, Marina and its world-famous coastline.

The crossing serves as a striking visual representation of the work Swansea Council is carrying out to create an urban destination that brings together the best of city living and access to nature.

This latest achievement is an iconic moment in the £1 billion public sector-led regeneration of Swansea, which predates Covid and is a model for how cities can build back better post-pandemic.

Congratulations to Swansea Council and our on-site partners Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd for getting to this stage. At RivingtonHark, we’re immensely proud to be Development Managers on such a momentous scheme.

Please watch the full installation below.