Hassell appointed masterplanner for Cardiff city centre sites
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. It also wants to improve the management of event day crowds to and from the Millennium Stadium and ‘to 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, to create direct pedestrian access from the city centre and to extend the new connections on towards Cardiff Bay.
The outcome, says Hassell, 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’. Its appointment by Cardiff City Council is the result of a lengthy consultation process and follows on from Hassell’s head of architecture, 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’.
The project, says Grist, ‘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’.