Swansea City Council has invested in a multi-million-pound complex to modernise the city and create a vibrant new neighbourhood for culture and leisure. The Copr Bay development, which is set to put the city on the map, features a 3,500-capacity arena, a new hotel, top-of-the-range conference facilities and a 1.1-acre coastal park. The development was undertaken in two phases, and the arena was one of the first to be completed.

Designed to host everything from music, comedy, sports, theatre and conferences, the arena is expected to hold 160 performances and attract 230,000 each year. With great prospects ahead for the arena, it’s likely to challenge big city venues in London and Manchester.

We worked closely with Buckingham Group Contracting and AFL Architects, who were appointed by ACME to assist with the design. For the front of the bar, they specified our special square SQ-20/20 12/12 R profiled wellTEC® with R5T7 holes in 1mm thick aluminium. This was powder coated gold to give a spectacular, sleek finish.

Our Kriskadecor metal chains were also specified, this time for the ceiling feature throughout the arena. This vast undulating ceiling creates a dramatic and eye catching piece that will always be a talking point of the interior. We achieved the design intent by creating a bespoke curved ceiling feature, anodised in ‘Brilliant Apricot 20020’ to give a warm feel to the building.

The exquisite design of this entire building makes a statement and injects life into the heart of Swansea.

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