Copr Bay, Swansea

Copr Bay is a core element of the transformation of Swansea city centre with Phase 1 seen as a major catalyst for future development, centred on a new, iconic, digitally advanced live entertainment venue and conference centre.


To Rejuvenate Swansea City Centre after 25 years of failed attempts, changing perceptions and creating a catalyst for further regeneration



RivingtonHark has led from inception to completion the development and successful delivery of Copr Bay; the £135million regeneration of a failed shopping centre and brown field site in the centre of the city.

Copr Bay is Phase 1 of the transformation of Swansea city centre. It is centred on a new, iconic, digitally advanced, 3,500 capacity live entertainment venue and conference centre. Ambassador Theatre Group were secured to operate the venue. The scheme successfully opened in 2022 and has acted as the catalyst for additional private sector investment into future phases.

The project provides extensive new public realm in the form of the first urban park created since Victorian times. Fundamental to the project is its role improving connectivity between the city centre and Swansea Bay. Additionally there are 33 residential units, new restaurants and new public parking against a background of a digitally enabled infrastructure.

Phase 1 went on site in November 2019 and completed in 2022. We also secured planning consent for the wider master plan and subsequent phases which will include further residential units; offices and leisure facilities.

To find out more, visit the Copr Bay website:

Project Details

Our Role:
Development Management | Placemaking | Ideation | Financial Management | Leasing Management

Swansea Council

Jan 2015

Mix of Uses

3,500 capacity arena

Public realm

Public Realm


Car park




Watch the timelapse construction footage

RivingtonHark has been instrumental in Swansea Council delivering its largest ever development in ‘Copr Bay’ that is already proving to be a transformational project and catalyst for future growth.  From original concept to completion of the build they have led the project and development team with huge professionalism, dedication and passion.  As part of the process Rivington’s leasing activities have been second to none, helping us secure Ambassador Theatre Group to operate the Arena to now an over subscription of local independent businesses wanting representation in the scheme.  The authority is very grateful for Rivington’s massive contribution to our city.

Huw Mowbray

Property Development Manager, Swansea Council

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