CARDIFF
A NEW GATEWAY
TO THE CAPITAL OF WALES
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A NEW GATEWAY TO THE CAPITAL OF WALES

Cardiff’s city centre has undergone a remarkable transformation over the last decade. High quality retail development and strong urban design have helped create a distinctive and contemporary city centre which is evident in the increasing numbers of visitors coming to Cardiff.

Our Vision for Central Square is that it becomes a proud new Gateway to the Capital of Wales. A revamped Central Square will reflect Cardiff’s ambition to be amongst Europe’s most successful cities. It will build on its success and become a place defined by excellence in design, in quality, in diversity of offer. It will be a place that inspires and excites. Above all it will be a unique place – a place that captures the essence of the Principality and its values, as a place of warmth and welcome.

Creating New Links

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Millennium Walkway

Marland Street

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Wood Street

THE MASTERPLAN

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2015

2016

2017

2018

ONE CENTRAL SQUARE – 2014

Constructed and occupied the office building totals 135,000 sq ft over 9 floors, with floor-plates of about 16,500 sq ft and basement car parking. The building has achieved a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’. All floors are now let and occupied.

TWO CENTRAL SQUARE – 2015

Two Central Square is under construction and will comprise an office building of approximately 148,000 sq ft with basement car parking. The whole building has been pre-let to Hugh James Solicitors and Cardiff University’s School of Journalism. It will be ready for occupation in September 2018.

THREE CENTRAL SQUARE – 2016

Three Central Square is the site for the new headquarters of BBC Cymru Wales, a Foster & Partners designed building over 5 storeys totalling 180,000 sq ft which will be handed over to the BBC for fitting out in May 2018 and will be fully occupied and operational in 2019.

THE INTERCHANGE – 2017

The Interchange will be constructed on the sites previously occupied by Marland House, and the multi-storey car park which have now been demolished. It is planned to contain the replacement bus station for Central Square and form part of a new, state of the art transport hub which will eventually integrate public transport facilities within Cardiff city centre in conjunction with plans for improvements to Central Train Station. It will include retail shops on the ground floor and commercial and residential accommodation above

FIVE CENTRAL SQUARE – 2018

Previously occupied by the Western Mail print-works on the north side of Wood Street a new office building totalling 270,000 sq ft will be constructed, subject to planning consent, which will be completed by the end of 2019. The existing St David’s House will be demolished as part of this scheme.

SIX CENTRAL SQUARE – 2019

Currently part of St David’s House, this site will be redeveloped as a separate office building in due course of upto 150,000 sq ft completing the Central Square scheme.

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The Concept

The approach is to consider the context of the urban blocks of the existing City and recreate this in a new way with a strategy of new civic space, and the creation of a new City Quarter.
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Evolution

The story of the Masterplan begins in September 2013 when the vacant site of the former Planning Department Offices was purchased by Rightacres.
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Key Issues

The Masterplan must knit together the challenges and opportunities of the site.
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Relocating Services

The redevelopment of Central Square requires the relocation of both buses, taxis and cycle routes from their current locations at the front of Central Station.
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Bus Station & Transport Hub

A new bus station on the site of Marland House and Transport Hub in conjunction with Network Rail’s Central Station expansion.
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People Movement

Key to the success of the redevelopment of Central Square is the comfort, safety, ease of movement, and experience of visitors to the area.
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Sustainability

We have also developed a sustainability strategy for implementation during design, construction and post occupancy phases.
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Inclusivity

The accessibility of Central Square is important for both environmental and social reasons.
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Landscaping

One of the key aims of the proposals for the public realm masterplan is to create balanced, well defined and pleasant public spaces.
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Public Art

The Central Square redevelopment provides a further opportunity to develop art and to integrate this into the public realm design.
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TIMELINE

TWO CENTRAL SQUARE WEBCAM

CONTACT US

For more information,
get in touch with us.

Rightacres Property Co. Ltd
8th Floor
One Central Square
Cardiff CF10 1FS

029 2022 0767
www.rightacres.co.uk

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