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Old January 19th, 2006, 12:29 PM   #1
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Cardiff 2006 and Beyond ...

Cardiff, population 315,100 (2003 estimate) is the capital city of Wales, UK. Cardiff has seen a lot of regeneration over the last decade or so which has almost completely changed the face of the city. Cardiff hosted the 1999 Rugby World Cup in it's newly completed Millennium Stadium which raised the city's profile and esablished it as a place more than capable of hosting world class events. Along with Cardiff's increased popularity and prosperity has come an increased popularity in city centre high-rise living. Since the year 2002 the city has seen four new residential towers of 12, 17, 21 and 23 floors as well as a number of reclads of older towers for residential, hotel and office use. Now that the first few towers have gone up and a precident set there has been an increase in high-rise construction as well as a surge in new proposals.
Follows is what's being built or we can expect to see built in Cardiff in the next few years:

Firstly U/C:

Heritage Gateway Scheme (aka the glass needle) - Residential, 31 floors/101m:



Prospect Place (Block T) (part of a larger residential development in Cardiff Bay) - Residential, 19 floors/57m (estimated height):



Admiral House - Residential conversion of a 14 floor 1960s office building, 2 floors added, 16 floors/55m (est. height):



Celestia towers one and two - Residential, 2x16 floors/48m (est. ht.):



Victoria Wharf (Phase 2) - Residential, 13 floors/39m (est. ht.):




Approved:

Meridian Gate Redevelopment - Residential, 19 floors/57m (est. ht.):



St David's 2 - £535 million retail led redevelopment of large part of city centre, will also include a new city library:

Model:


View from street:


Grand Arcade:


New library (right) and John Lewis department store both fronting onto new city square:




And in the future...

Cardiff International Sports Village, Cardiff Bay: A rather pretentious name but it is a pretty large project that will include a 50m swimming pool, indoor real snow ski slope, new ice rink and golf driving range and is supposed to cost somewhere in the region of £1.2 billion. Also on this site will be high-rise residential, hotel and possibly a super casino as well as a 122m observation tower:

Bay Pointe - Three residential towers of 36, 28 and 21 floors (designed by the same architects as the Burj Al Arab in Dubai) planned for Cardiff Bay as part of the sports village development:





Cardiff Sports Village Hotel and Super Casino - This part of the development is quite uncertain at the moment as it depends upon government approval of Cardiff's bid to have a super casino, envisaged is two towers of 15 and 21 floors as well as a 122m observation tower:



50m Pool (this has actually started construction but I don't know if the drawing here is up to date):



Snow Box:



Well that's all the images I have for the sports village, the only other major project is a new office quarter in Cardiff Bay, there's only one picture and very little info at the moment:


And that's what's going on in my little city, hope you enjoyed!
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Old January 19th, 2006, 02:11 PM   #2
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Excellent! So there is life after Domestic Cup Finals
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Old January 19th, 2006, 06:57 PM   #3
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Great projects, especially Bay Pointe, let them all get built!
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Old January 19th, 2006, 06:59 PM   #4
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Thanks! I heard Cardiff is an awesome town. Very clean. I am going to go there someday.
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Old January 19th, 2006, 10:24 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by macon4ever
Thanks! I heard Cardiff is an awesome town. Very clean. I am going to go there someday.
Yes true, the city has improved hugely in the last few years. Obviously I've only given details of high-rise buildngs in the city. In addition there have been a number of low rise schemes such as the excellent refurbishment of the Capitol Shopping Centre:

Before, didn't look too bad but was a bit too 80's and tired looking:


Now:



There have also been large improvements and other new builds along the length of Queen Street, making it into (in my opinion) one of the most pleasent main shopping streets of any UK city:







Other recent developments in the city centre include the Brewery Quarter...


... and repaving of nearby Caroline Street (or as it's locally known 'Chip Alley'):



Welsh Assembly building, just completed:



Wales Millennium Centre completed last year:





However, if you had seen the state of the city the day after Wales won the Grand Slam in the 6 nations rugby you certainly wouldn't have said it was very clean!! lol

From what I hear that was one big party!
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Old January 19th, 2006, 11:12 PM   #6
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That is pretty ambitious, bay pointe is really cool.
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Old January 19th, 2006, 11:25 PM   #7
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I didn't like that one
The other projects are very nice!
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Old January 19th, 2006, 11:43 PM   #8
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Great projects for such a small city.

Go Cardiff !
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Old January 20th, 2006, 12:18 AM   #9
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that snow box is freekin awesome!
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 10:00 AM   #10
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I love the Bay Pointe towers, I really hope they get built, on the city's track record so far with residential developments they ought to get built. All the towers i've seen proposed so far have been or are being built in one form or another.
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 11:08 AM   #11
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very nice city indeed and i love that snow box building!!
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 12:02 PM   #12
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I saw Cardiff on a travel programm. It's just a beautiful city, and the project are really stunning!

Go Cardiff and Go Wales!
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 01:46 PM   #13
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Some more developments I havent mentioned:

Lowrise appartment block in Cardiff Bay (this has gone a bit quiet, i dunno what's happening):





New Mosque:



Cardiff City Football Club: New Stadium. Not sure what's happening with this one either, last I heard the city council asked the club to provide a more credible business plan. The stadium's supposed to start at 30,000 seats but be expandable to 60,000.
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 04:00 PM   #14
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^ I believe the council gave Cardiff Football club until the end of March to present a business plan for the new stadium to be approved. Since then Tesco's have commited themselves to the project so hopefully we it will go ahead.
Other projects that havn't been mentioned:-

Bayside at Prospect place (Block T mentioned in the first post is part of this development)


Proposed Callaghan Square office development.


No1 Callaghan Square is already complete

Also there's the Student housing mid-rise project behind central station, currently U/C.

Here's a good website (made by Pablo61 forumer) showing much of what's happening in Cardiff. http://www.cardiffwalesmap.com/
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Old February 18th, 2006, 02:50 PM   #15
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Wow what at cool city! Ive been twice and loved it. It's about the same size as Christchurch NZ where I come from. I hope we get some more developments like you guys are, especially with the Rugby World Cup coming up!

Love the new assembley building.

Go Cardiff - you're fantastic.
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Old February 23rd, 2006, 08:26 PM   #16
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Here are some more developments about to start in Cardiff:

A not very impressive building (middle one in the drawing) set to replace a beautiful old hotel that unfortunately was ruined (aparently beyone repair) by fire:


New offices for the city centre (too out of town business park style for such a prominent city centre site if you ask me):


More offices in Cardiff Bay (I think this is better than the city centre building above because it'll be in a formal industrial area and the red brick 'warehouse' styling should fit in relatively well):


Appartment development on the site of an old industrial building (nothing special but at least they fill a gap as there's an empty plot of land there at the moment).
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Back:


And finally an ugly pedestrian footbridge (I can't believe this won the design competition):


Nothing particularly interesting left to post as all the interesting large scale projects are in the first few posts.
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Old February 23rd, 2006, 11:31 PM   #17
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Oh how I hate that bridge, they really should have gone for that design that was talked about early in the Cardiff thread in the U.K section.
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Old February 24th, 2006, 12:29 AM   #18
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Great projects. How fast is the city growing?
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Old February 24th, 2006, 10:34 AM   #19
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Well in the 1991 census it's population was 272,129.

In the 2001 census it was recorded as 305,340.

However, apparently the 2001 census data was incorrect and 2003 estimates put the population at around 315,100.
http://www.cardiff.gov.uk/cardiff/fa...nEstimates.pdf

It also puts population growth for 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 at 0.77% and 0.83% respectively.

I cannot find any predctions for future growth but it seems that there is a growth in population at a relatively stable rate. It'll be interesting to see what the population is come the 2011 census.
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Old February 24th, 2006, 06:51 PM   #20
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Well done! Cardiff is one of my favorite places to visit when I go to the United Kingdom. We are booming here in Baltimore too!
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