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Loyn & Co wins planning for Cardiff Bay homes

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Lastr year’s Manser Medal winner, Loyn & Co Architects, has won planning for this 104-home development in Cardiff for sustainable developer Igloo

The council voted last week to approve the scheme which forms the first phase of Igloo’s wider regeneration of the 38-acre Porth Teigr in Cardiff Bay.

Ranging between two and five-storeys, the project features a mix of two-bed to four-bed houses as well as apartments.

The scheme, on the eastern side of the Cardiff Bay is already home to the new BBC Roath Lock Studios, the Doctor Who Experience and the Welsh Government’s centre for creative industries building Gloworks. 

The layout and arrangement of spaces within the homes has, according to Igloo, been ‘developed in response to research into the way people live, with an emphasis on multifunctional and flexible spaces which can be used for relaxing, entertaining and socialising’.

Loyn & Co claims the houses at the centre of the site adopt a courtyard typology, responding to their unique setting within the development and maximising the benefits of the protection afforded by the taller, dockside properties that surround them.  

Mark Hallett, development director at igloo Regeneration the developers behind Porth Teigr said: ‘We are thrilled that the planning application has been approved and we’re looking forward to creating a unique residential development for Cardiff.

‘We are passionate about exceeding sustainability objectives throughout igloo’s developments building new neighbourhoods that are better for people, place and planet. By incorporating features like the communal composting and individual roof garden capabilities, we will create a long-term, fun place to live.’ 

Chris Loyn, director, Loyn & Co Architects said: ‘It is vital not just to think big. In our view, it is imperative that matters of detail are considered at concept stage, to ensure that there is continuity and a relationship between the macro and the micro, between the individual and the collective. This coherence and consistency is what helps define and give identity and character to a particular place.’

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