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Swansea Arena

Project Information

Location: Swansea

Services: Mechanical & Electrical

Client: Swansea Council

Value: £13.2 Million

Duration: 2 Years



Swansea Arena is a brand-new state of the art £50 Million 3,500 capacity auditorium based in the heart of Swansea overlooking the magnificent beach. The latest addition to the ever-expanding £135 Million Copr Bay One Scheme cannot be missed as you drive down Oystermouth Road into the City Centre.


The Arena consists of a VIP Lounge, multiple meeting rooms for corporate gatherings, function rooms, a bar and dining area, as well as the main auditorium where live music, comedy and theatrical events take place. In the first 18 months of opening, the venue has already hosted names including Jack Whitehall, Russell Howard, Jimmy Carr, Kaiser Chiefs and Royal Blood.


The building even has approximately 100,000 LED bulbs fitted on the outer structure, showing images and visuals to give an artistic feel to the music and theatre venue (as seen below). It also boasts a 347-space car park with 21 disabled spaces and 10 electric vehicle charging spaces, which CMB installed as part of our contract.


In addition to the above, the roof of the car park was landscaped to provide a brand-new coastal park incorporating seating, planting areas, soft play and water features. The whole development being linked to the city centre by the brand-new bridge across Oystermouth Road.


CMB carried out the Mechanical & Electrical services on this project undertaking the following works:



  • HV & LV Distribution, Transformers, Life Safety Generator and UPS Central Battery Systems.

  • External Car Park Lighting and Associated Control Systems.

  • Smoke extract and control systems.

  • Loading Bay Ventilation.

  • Supply and Extract Ventilation Systems utilising High Level Jet Diffusers in the Auditorium and Air Socks in reception and public areas.

  • Fire Alarm, CCTV, Access Control and Intruder Alarm Systems.

  • Fully Automatic Building Management System

  • Rainwater Disposal and Above Ground Drainage Systems, as well as Associated Sanitaryware.

  • LTHW, CHW & Domestic Water Systems, including Packaged Plantroom Solutions and Packaged Chillers.

  • General Lighting and Associated Control Systems.

  • Public Realm & Landscape Lighting.


CMB West Director, Peter Davies stated: “It was a pleasure for CMB to be involved in such an iconic building which will define the Swansea waterfront landscape for the foreseeable future. Once again, CMB have shown that we can deliver high quality landmark buildings that benefit the surrounding community. 


The list of acts that have already played the arena and the high profile of such a building can only be a great advert for what CMB can do.


I would like to personally thank all the CMB team that were involved in the project delivery.”


Deputy Leader for Welsh Local Government, Councillor Rob Stewart, added:


“Copr Bay will create a fantastic new leisure destination and hundreds of jobs and opportunities for local people, while also helping support local businesses and generate more footfall and spending for our city centre.


We’ve delivered this scheme during a pandemic, so everyone involved deserves enormous credit – from council staff and funding partners to our contractors and Ambassador Theatre Group, who will operate the arena on our behalf and bring world class entertainment to Swansea.”

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