The creative vision of architects Maith Design, Coppergate stands in the heart of Swansea city centre dressed in a shimmering, fire-safe, Rockpanel Chameleon external façade.
The developer behind Coppergate is Crosslane Student Developments, Managing Director, David Smith commented, “Crosslane has been able to fully realise our ambition to create a beautiful, contemporary landmark structure that not only enhances its surroundings but meets a pressing demand for high quality accommodation to house students attending both the University of Swansea and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.”
Forming a valuable part of the Council’s regeneration of the busy Kingsway thoroughfare, Coppergate provides residents with amazing views across the city and out to the coast. The £18M student living complex comprises 24 self-contained studio apartments and 286 en-suite cluster suites spread across a 14 storey tower block and twin six storey wings. Set in a horseshoe formation around a private landscaped central courtyard, the building also features communal spaces, study hubs, a reception and several commercial units.
David Smith added, “We are delighted with the striking, colour-changing chameleon façade that exhibits the building name of Coppergate perfectly, chosen to reference the ‘Copper’ industry during the 19th Century for which Swansea is well known, along with ‘gate’ as an opportunity to progress, and getting from here to there, which we felt was appropriate for students.”
Complete design freedom
Made from natural and sustainable volcanic basalt rock with an organic binder, the wide range of designs and colours Rockpanel Chameleon is available in enables specifiers to explore new possibilities and realise their most creative ambitions while satisfying rigorous fire safety standards.
Around 2250m2 of Chameleon makes up the Coppergate façade in a palette of matt Red, Gold, Purple and Grey RAL 7010. The arrangement of colours bring visual interest to the building which is accentuated as the changing weather reflects light across its surface.