Cardiff Central Masterplan, City Centre Redevelopment, Wales Building, Welsh Architecture, Architect

Cardiff Central Masterplan, Wales

City Centre Redevelopment Project – design by HASSELL

6 Mar 2013

Cardiff City Centre Redevelopment


Location: Cardiff, south Wales, UK

HASSELL appointed as masterplanners for Cardiff City Council

HASSELL has been commissioned by Cardiff Council to master plan two key areas of the city centre – Callaghan Square and the area around Cardiff Central Rail Station.

Cardiff Central Masterplan
image from architect

As the gateway to the city for rail travellers, the ambition for Cardiff Central is to improve connections between the north and south of the city across existing rail infrastructure. The plans will also seek to improve the management of event day crowds to and from the Millennium Stadium and realise the potential of surrounding retail and commercial sites to create a vibrant new transport interchange and mixed use district.

At Callaghan Square, proposals will aim to develop a greater sense of enclosure to the space, create direct pedestrian access from the city centre and extend the new connections on towards Cardiff Bay.

The outcome will be dynamic new public spaces and development sites, vital to the regeneration of this part of the city, and worthy of its capital city status.

HASSELL brings expertise in transport infrastructure, urban design, public realm and workplace design. The practice has previously designed landmark infrastructure projects such as the Singapore Circle Line, the Tianjin Binhai Transport Exchange in China, the Brisbane Airport expansion and the Olympic Park Station for the Sydney Olympics.

This appointment is the result of a lengthy consultation process with the Council and follows the Head of Architecture at HASSELL, Tony Grist, speaking at a seminar organised by the Design Commission for Wales and the Institute of Welsh Affairs last September, which explored ideas for improving the Cardiff Central site. He commented on the commission:

“This project is a chance for Cardiff to heal this part of the city, creating better transport connections, more green space and a healthier mix of uses.”

Colin Hockley, Managing Principal for HASSELL in the UK, stated “We are proud to be working with the City of Cardiff to develop a masterplan that will be a catalyst for growth and regeneration. The scheme will enable Cardiff Central to fulfil its potential as an exemplary transport interchange as well as breathing new life into the city centre.”

Cardiff Central Rail Station Masterplan images / information from HASSELL

Cardiff Central Rail Station Masterplan design : HASSELL

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Location: Cardiff Central, Cardiff, Wales

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