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Cardiff scraps Foster + Partners’ bus station plans

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Cardiff Council has scrapped Foster + Partners’ plans for its Cardiff bus station scheme after a new deal was approved by local councillors this week

The practice submitted proposals in 2016 for the 14-stand transport hub, along with 195 flats, 12,000m² of office space, a 227-space car park and 502 bicycle spaces.

However, developer Rightacres Property submitted revised plans last summer, looking to cut up to 195 PRS units from the top floor of the city-centre development.

Now the council has confirmed that it is going back to the drawing board and will look to appoint a new architect for the scheme.

Cardiff Council, Rightacres Property and the Welsh Government have struck a deal to enable the development to move forward.

The agreement will see the Welsh Government take on the leasehold interest in land set aside for the scheme, which is currently owned by the council.

Transport for Wales will take a lease to operate the bus station.

The council said in a statement: ‘The bus station scheme has been reviewed, but will still deliver the same 14-stand bus station with 900m² of retail space on the ground floor.

‘The car park will now be built over two levels – significantly reducing the build cost – and there are plans for 300 apartments facing Wood Street and 7,900m² of Grade A office space facing Saunders Road on the top level of the new building.

‘Although a new planning application will be required for the changes that are being made to the building, the development does have planning permission so work can start on the foundations of the development once a contractor has been appointed.’

Councillor Russell Goodway said: ‘Bringing Welsh Government and Transport for Wales in as partners has enabled the council and the developer to get to a position where the construction will now be delivered on a fully commercial basis without any further need for council investment.

‘Importantly, Welsh Government’s involvement has secured offices as part of the final mixed-use scheme, which means we still have a good chance of securing the major inward-investment project we have been working on together over the past 12 months.’

Fosters senior executive partner Gerard Evenden said: ‘We are delighted that the Cardiff Bus Station project is progressing and hope very much to be part of the continued transformation of Cardiff Central Square.’

View the planning application here  

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