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Canal Quarter mooted for Cardiff City Centre

Words: Roger Milne
St David's shopping centre / Seth Whales

Ambitious proposals to create a ‘Canal Quarter’ in the middle of the Welsh capital that would see a currently buried waterway reinstated have been unveiled as part of an emerging blueprint for the neighbourhood.

A masterplan is being drawn up by architects The Urbanists. The scheme would cover an area of the city centre from Queen Street Station to St David's Shopping Centre including Churchill Way, Charles Street, Bridge Street, Guildford Crescent and the site of the existing Motorpoint Arena.

The project would include reinstating the old canal buried under Churchill Way and creating a large public square fronting the Admiral headquarters.

The proposals would also mean that part of some of the properties in Guildford Crescent, which had been threatened with demolition, would be saved. The crescent is now a conservation area.

Marcol Estate, owner of Guildford Crescent, has now agreed with the city council that the curved frontages of the original late 19th century properties would be retained.

Russell Goodway, the local authority’s cabinet member for investment and development, told the local media that these proposals “will make a significant contribution to the council’s ambition to regenerate this tired part of the city centre and will ensure that the character of the city’s past is both protected and preserved whilst contributing to an important new development, which will help secure the future of the centre of our nation’s capital."

Image credit | Seth Whales