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UK’s biggest ‘box-city’ proposed for Cardiff

Words: Roger Milne
Porth Teigr

Proposals have been unveiled for what would be the UK’s most ambitious shipping container development, a mixed-used scheme earmarked to rejuvenate the Porth Teigr area of Cardiff Bay.

The Welsh Government has given its initial approval to lease a 0.64-acre part of the Porth Teigr site to Box City, the developers behind Cardiff’s Tramshed, a music and arts venue.

The site already hosts BBC Wales’ Roath Lock studios, the Gloworks and the Doctor Who Experience and has a growing reputation as a creative industries hub.

Dubbed ‘Box City’, the 50,000 square feet scheme would include hotel apartments, office and retail space as well as a huge outdoor cinema and pop-up street food.

The quayside scheme would see about 400 shipping containers used to create an environmentally friendly four-level development.

Welsh economy secretary Ken Skates said if these plans come to pass, they could bring a host of “exciting leisure and business opportunities to this growing area of Cardiff Bay”.

The development is a joint venture between Igloo Regeneration and the Welsh Government.

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Image credit | Ellis Williams Architects