Location: Swansea
Date: 2015-2021
Client: City and Council of Swansea
Status: Construction
Size: 70.000 sqm
Credits: Development Management: Rivington Land
Masterplanner and Architect: ACME (Grace Chan, Andrea Collar, Laura Cooke, Blerta Copa, Anna Czigler, Marina Kindelan, Jon Iriondo Goena, Petro Kailis, Elli Liverakou, Friedrich Ludewig, Isabel de la Mora, Glenn Moorley, Paolo Moretto, Gemma Serra, Penny Sperbund, Keigo Yoshida)
Landscape: Capita
Planning Consultant: Savills
Swansea is a coastal city situated at the mouth of the Tawe River in Wales. It grew extensively in the 19th century following the discovery of coal and the opening of the railway to deliver it to the Swansea’s docklands. Since the demise of coal mining in the 1930s, the city centre has been in slow decline. The ongoing first phase will create new sight lines and pedestrian routes from the city centre to Swansea Bay.

Alongside the Swansea Arena, the coastal park, bridge, and residential and parking structures are all part of major public investment to regenerate the city centre. Swansea Arena is a new 3,500 capacity venue for major concerts, theatrical events, exhibitions, and conferences. The arena is strategically placed in the area of the old Dockland Coal Drops in order to draw people back into this derelict part of town. Visible from all sides, the arena façade wraps the entire volume in a series of bifurcating metal folds. 

The bridge linking the arena to the high street is a stressed steel skin structure developed with the nearby steelworks in Port Talbot. The bridge, the public space, and the arena will be activated through interactive LED lighting that will translate the concerts and performances into digital lighting patterns to broadcast events to the digital square.