New aerial photos have revealed how the huge structure of the £135m digital arena in Swansea is developing.
Taken by drone, the shots reveal the scale of the 3,500-capacity indoor arena as construction continues throughout the pandemic.
Work on the Swansea Central phase one transformation scheme has progressed on schedule and is still on track and expected in the second half of 2021, according to Swansea Council.
The drone photos from main contractor Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd show how the development’s parkland and indoor arena will complement the neighbouring marina and sweeping bay.
When complete, the arena will have a skin of around 93,000 programmable LED light bulbs; it will host top class entertainment and a range of conferences.
The pictures also show how the development’s other main block – for homes, commercial units and parking – will stand as a new city centre beacon, with the traditional residential areas of Townhill, Mayhill and Mount Pleasant as a striking backdrop.
The two sides of Copr Bay Phase One, close to the LC, St David’s Church and Tesco Marina, are set to be linked over the main Oystermouth Road by a 50m-long landmark bridge for pedestrians and cyclists. The aim is to help bring the city and sea closer together.
Swansea Council is financing Copr Bay Phase One, with some funding for the arena coming from the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal. A portion of the cost of the new bridge comes from the Welsh Government’s Active Travel Fund.
Council leader Rob Stewart said: “This transformational project is on track and moving ahead as we had planned.
“Copr Bay Phase One is a brilliant new addition to our city and is a catalyst for the city’s £1bn regeneration story.
“It’s creating much needed jobs and when open will attract shows, events and conferences, bringing many new tourists and visitors to Swansea as we emerge from the pandemic.”
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He added: “I thank the workers there – including many from Swansea and south Wales – for making amazing progress whilst staying safe and working to latest government guidelines.
“Swansea has continued its biggest ever regeneration during the pandemic lockdowns and is becoming a city where more people want to live, work, study and enjoy quality free time.”
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