Urbanists’ Plans For Cardiff Canal Quarter Revealed

Following - 3 years of involvement with various frameworks and strategies for the area around Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, The Urbanists are excited to see the recently published news which makes public the councils commitment to deliver the transformative ‘Canal Quarter’ scheme.

The Urbanists worked with Cardiff Council and a number of landowners and stakeholders to prepare a framework masterplan and report for the area between Queen Street Station and St David's Shopping Centre which encompass Churchill Way, Charles Street, Bridge Street, Guildford Crescent and the site of the existing Motorpoint Arena.

The plans and report set out the vision and design principles for a new unique Canal Quarter destination within Cardiff which advocated for the reopening of the cities historic dock feeder canal currently hidden under Churchill Way. The report sets out how opening up the canal can create new development opportunities which could be focused around an ambitious blue and green infrastructure led approach to place-making.

The former canal on Mill Lane (Source: Cardiff Central Library Local Studies Collection/Cardiff Story Museum)

The former canal on Mill Lane (Source: Cardiff Central Library Local Studies Collection/Cardiff Story Museum)

One of the key challenges was to produce a scheme that addressed the sensitivities around Guildford Crescent, the future transport infrastructure ambition for the city and the ambitions and aspirations of key stakeholders. Through comprehensive engagement The Urbanists successfully achieved this.

Council leader Huw Thomas celebrated the announcement as "good news”;

"Increasingly, developers are seeking to invest where there is good access to public transport and this area of the city centre on the doorstep of Queen Street station is as good as it gets.

I am delighted that we will now receive new plans for Guildford Crescent, leading to the potential for an even bigger reminder of the past by opening up the canal," 

The Urbanists are thrilled to be involved in such an exciting and transformative project.