Location: Cardiff Bay, Wales;
Client: Bellway Homes Wales;
Uses: 979 apartments;
A large scale land reclamation project benefiting from an extraordinary location within Cardiff Bay established when the Bay was created by the Cardiff barrage in 1999.
Commissioned through a limited entry competition, the urban design approach uses the physical constraints and opportunities to guide masterplanning decisions about the shape, definition, orientation and character of the public realm, and placement of buildings.
The planning applications required EIAs and sensitive ecological treatment of the bay side environment and new open spaces to maintain the finely balanced new habitat created within the bay.
A robust but flexible masterplan has allowed the development proposals to evolve over time with multiple planning applications responding to the market and adding value. The scheme developed from an outline consent for 268 apartments, to an initial full planning consent for 664 apartments with ancillary leisure, retail and live work space. Ultimately delivering 979 flats across 5 phases including a 19 storey landmark tower.
The buildings are designed using robust materials fitting to the extreme location, aiming to reduce maintenance and provide a lasting quality that residents can take pride in. Continuity of materials and detailing across the place maintains a visual clarity and legibility to the scheme.