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Benoy designs huge mixed-use scheme for Cardiff brewery site

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Benoy has unveiled designs for a 230,000m2 mixed-use regeneration project in Cardiff

The international practice, which has UK studios in London and Newark, has submitted plans for the first phase of the Central Quay scheme to Cardiff Council.

Backed by property firm Rightacres, the proposals would transform the city-centre site of the current Brains Brewery, with the drinks firm moving to a plot in Cardiff Bay this summer.

Under Benoy’s plans, Central Quay will become a waterfront plaza next to the River Taff, featuring food and drink outlets as well as 1,000 apartments and more than 100,000m2 of office space.

The original 19th-century Brewhouse will be retained, along with its Brains-branded chimney.

Benoy director Jamie Webb said: ‘Our client’s ambition to bring together existing land, buildings and infrastructure enabled Benoy to create not only a strong identity, but also a real sense of place at the heart of a practical and forward-thinking masterplan.

‘The vision is to create a truly mixed-use place, engaging the city with the River Taff and its heart, bringing the Brains Brewery complex back to life around a fantastic new public square.’

Subject to planning, work could start on site this year and the first phase could be complete by 2020.

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