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JOB-CREATING DEVELOPMENTS AT LANDMARK SITE SET FOR APPROVAL
Two full planning applications relating to the second phase of the landmark Central Quay development on the former Brains brewery site in Cardiff have been recommended for approval.
Commercial property developer Rightacres is seeking permission to bring forward two plots located to the north and south of the site’s landmark brewery building and chimney.
The wider location has been cleared of previous development and is now vacant.
In relation to plot one, to the north of the historic Brewhouse building, approval is sought for a mixed-use development comprising 402 residential apartments and almost 9,000 sq ft of commercial floorspace. This is alongside landscaping, parking and other infrastructure, including part of a new ‘boulevard’ access road and the 6,000 sq ft Chimney Square.
The scheme comprises four connected blocks of varying heights, with the main central structure the tallest element at 29 storeys.
Fronting the square is a double height plinth which will provide commercial floorspace connected to the public realm, with two communal roof terraces located above.
During construction, this element of the project is expected to support 427 gross direct full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs alongside 581 spin-off FTE jobs.
To the south of the Brewhouse, planning permission is sought for 316 residential apartments and about 14,000 sq ft of commercial space, along with another 16,000 sq ft square. This will be called Central Quay Square and feature a water body feature with a zig-zagged shared cycle and footpath through the middle.
This element of the development comprises four blocks rising to a maximum height of 24 storeys.
Construction of plot two is expected to support 355 FTE jobs directly and 438 spin-off roles.
Central Quay is a 2.5 million sq ft mixed-use scheme that will include apartments, hotels, offices and leisure offerings.