30 Nov WESTERN MAIL NEWS ARTICLE: CARDIFF BAY TOWER
Nicholas Socrates has come up with an idea of what could fill the empty space next to the Senedd, in Cardiff Bay
This is one urban designer’s dream of how the skyline in Cardiff Bay could be transformed – with a tower some 20 storeys high.
The plan envisages a mixed use building, with retail on the ground floor, commercial space on the lower half, and homes in the top half offering views over Cardiff Bay and Roath Basin.
It is all somewhat different from what has already been planned for the site, which at one point was earmarked as a possible location for the new BBC Cymru Wales headquarters.
The tower plan is, however, unlikely to come to fruition, and there is no planning application submitted for the idea.
Mr Socrates, 30, who lives in Grangetown in Cardiff, told us: “It’s a speculative design. I just saw an empty plot of land. I’m not in contact with the land owner.
“I do a lot of speculative stuff, in Jersey, that’s what I have been doing up till now. I see a potential area for development or regeneration, and instead of talking about it or thinking about it I prefer to do a quick model.”
He said the design was about 20 storeys high and around 75m tall.
“There’s a lot of urban expansion going on in Cardiff with building on greenfield sites,” he said, making the argument for more high-density buildings within the city of Cardiff “rather than urban sprawl”.
Matt Philips, of Knight Frank which represents landowner Aviva, said his company knew nothing about the idea.
According to the Cardiff Waterside website there is outline planning consent existing for a 60,000 sq ft office building, which would stand at only six storeys.
The area had been earmarked as one of the potential sites for the future BBC Cymru Wales headquarters, but the corporation plumped for a site at Cardiff city centre.
Cardiff’s Capital Square development could eventually provide up to one million square feet of office, residential and retail space
Article written by Dave Dean @ Wales Online