Cardiff city councillors have approved Holder Mathias’ replacement scheme for the scrapped Foster + Partners transport interchange proposals
The council’s planning committee granted consent to the AJ100 practice’s 14-stand bus station – to sit below a 249-space car park and 305 rental flats – as well as a separate six-storey office block.
Only this spring the local authority revealed that a revised scheme, with more homes and office space, would be brought forward after several failed attempts by Fosters and project backer Rightacres Property Company.
This April it was announced that the Welsh government would take on the leasehold of council-owned land set aside for the scheme, and Transport for Wales would lease the bus station. As a result, Cardiff City Council said a new architect would be required for a revised design.
Holder Mathias is understood to have been working up its alternative plans for Rightacres since October 2017.
Holder Mathias Architects’ approved scheme for Cardiff bus station - November 2018 - axonometric
A planning report to councillors this week said: ‘Cabinet in December 2017 authorised the council to work with the developer to undertake a comprehensive review of the approved [Fosters] scheme to establish a commercially viable mix of uses that would enable the scheme to progress.
’Cabinet in March 2018 authorised the council to proceed with a revised scheme increasing the volume of office accommodation and the number of residential apartments, and the application under consideration was registered in July 2018.’
The report concluded that the Holder Mathias proposal ‘substantially realises the vision for the area in accordance with the 2016 local development plan’.
Holder Mathias, Foster + Partners, Cardiff City Council and the Welsh government have all been contacted for comment.
The scrapped Foster + Partners’ Cardiff interchange central square scheme as submitted for planning in 2016