Climbing to new heights in Southend!

Indirock to open new bouldering wall in Victoria Shopping Centre

RivingtonHark are delighted to announce that a deal has been signed to bring bouldering wall business Indirock to The Victoria Centre in Southend.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council purchased The Victoria Centre in December 2020 as part of their town centre regeneration strategy. This letting to Indirock reflects the ambition of delivering activities within the centre that broaden the customer appeal and strengthen footfall.

The bouldering wall – which will be housed in a 7,500 square foot former retail unit on the first floor – represents an exciting shift in the use of retail space within the centre and promises to bring new footfall into the town. The aim for Indirock is very much to offer an enjoyable yet challenging climbing experience for all levels of ability and will help develop confidence and fitness in a friendly and supportive environment.

The letting not only helps activate an empty space within a key entrance to the shopping centre but also fits in with the councils wider health and wellbeing strategy and promotes local businesses throughout the community. Local baker Hugo’s Pantry will be running the coffee shop inside Indirock which will serve a range of sweet and savoury bites alongside barista coffee and other drinks.

Mark Harvey, Executive Director and Head of Asset Management at RivingtonHark says: “This letting is an important first step in our journey to revitalise the centre and, in particular, our aim of bringing in more leisure and community based facilities. It has been great to deal with the Co-founders of the business who are passionate about the project and the positive impact this initiative will bring to the local community. We share their vision and think that Indirock is the perfect catalyst for our wider plans for the asset and we cannot wait to see them open their doors later in the year.”


To take a virtual tour of what is planned for the unit please follow this link 360 Tour – Indirock (

The Pavilion at Copr Bay Swansea

Swansea regeneration puts the creation of opportunities for local businesses and residents front-and-centre

Swansea Council has signed the Secret Hospitality Group to operate the landmark restaurant at the city's £135m Copr Bay development

The leisure-led Copr Bay phase one development is the first stage of the regeneration of the city. The 1,400 sq ft pizzeria and café is set to open towards the end of the year with around 60 covers plus outside seating. The Secret Hospitality Group is owned and run by Ryan and Lucy Hole, who also own the Secret Beach Bar & Kitchen and the Optimist Bar & Kitchen, both in Swansea.

Ryan Hole said: “While it might seem an odd decision to commit to a new restaurant during the pandemic, we did not think twice when this opportunity came knocking. Swansea Council’s £1b transformation of the city is a vote of confidence in the future of the area and will offer opportunities to people like us and businesses like ours. Our latest restaurant will be a new landmark for Swansea, part of a brand new destination for residents and visitors to enjoy great food and drink, and just a stone’s throw away from the Arena and our stunning coastline. We’re thrilled to be a part of the transformation of our city and to play a part in it.”

The restaurant has been designed by Pinelog using materials from sustainable sources and local provenance, as well as focusing on renewable energy to lower carbon emissions such as solar panels. Copr Bay phase one is being delivered by the council working alongside development manager RivingtonHark.

Spencer Winter, projects director of RivingtonHark, added: “The pandemic has shaken up our society and we now have the opportunity to decide in which order we put the pieces back together. Even before Covid, town and city centres across the UK were changing; post-pandemic, they have to. Swansea is a pioneering example of what an ambitious local authority can do when it has a vision for improving its city for its community and for those who may consider making it their home.

“Copr Bay Phase One, with its focus on the things that bring us moments of relaxation like the park to those that bring us unforgettable experiences like the arena, will show that our high streets can be reimagined and that the pieces will fit, for the benefit of everyone.”

The Pavilion at Copr Bay Swansea

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.