I'm not sure what the third piece of good news is - the opening of a bridge? (surely that isn't news - we knew that was going to happen!).
I like the design of No. 2 - its functional and a little boxy but its got a certain solidness and simplicity to it. It looks like the kind of office a mid-size city should be aiming for in its edge-of-prime areas (unlike Driscoll buildings or Fusion Point or the Peacocks building). The student accomodation isn't very exciting but again is solid and simple.
And when I was in Cardiff No. 1 looked better than it did in some photos posted here, although not as good as in original renders. Be interesting to see how No. 2 turns out.
Callaghan Square I'm less impressed about. Its just too big for the scale of buildings surrounding it. It lacks life and activity, and ends up feeling pretty windswept and uncared for, even in summer. I think that either:
(a) the Square should be made smaller, and the buildings on the south side brought closer to those on the north side. Or;
(b) something has got to be done to make sure the square itself gets more activity. The render appears to show a small kiosk building. I think we need need more than that. A pop-up food market? (with a few hot food stalls catering to office workers, which would number in the several thousand). A little indoor (glass) seating/dining area as well as outside dining area. If this isn't feasible (lack of demand), could a creche with outdoor play area be built? Handy for all those office workers, and again, would make the square feet less windswept.
I live in Ty Pont so was interested to see this discussion. I have watched the Number 1 building go from foundations to finally being near-completion. Wish they'd hurry up and build the bridge, it's really inconvenient having to walk all the way round if you want to get to the Bay etc.
This is the building back in September 2013. (ladybird photobombed)
And below is a photo from today, 14th March 2014, which proves just how slow progress is.
They just painted on the car park lines and started landscaping. You might notice the footbridge is now missing..
Great! Will be good to see if you can get any photos of the bridge being constructed. Would be nice to see.
Nice one typontresident - great photos, oh and welcome to the forum
I tell you what, they can say what they want about Ty Pont but I wouldn't mind that view!!
took this pic today of bridge progress - ie not a lot!
mind you maybe it's the kind of consruction that will just kind of appear overnight?
The full text from this article has been posted on another thread, but I thought I'd put the link here as well seeing as this is the most relevant place for it.
In terms of number 1 being occupied it sounds like there's about to be some positive news with 70% of space being under offer apparently.
From what is in the article it seems that Finance Wales are taking some space, plus two other private sector tenants, one being an I.T. company (not quite fitting in with the purpose of the enterprise zone I know).
In addition it sounds like a student housing provider and a hotel operator are about to sign up for the scheme.
It all sounds like good news for the Capital Quarter scheme.
The identity of the I.T. company locating to Number 1 has been revealed today
Such jobs are always welcome, and it's nice to see a new entrant into the I.T. market in the area. Selfishly some more I.T. jobs in the city centre suits me
I'm curious about the Enterprise Zone purpose though. The 'professional services' part of the zone name clearly covers anything and there's never been any comment previously that it was to include I.T., which is a bloody wide sector in it's own right.
Not all good news, it was stated on wales today tonight that another US company
DRIAS Transnat that was set up to create up to 50 jobs at new Cardiff office in 2012. Are not coming,after all, it did not give a reason why.
which shows the hyperbole around these deals, attracting a hundred jobs and then not coming is hardly good news, its all hyperbole
need to watch wales today from tonight 8 to 11 mins for story.
In addition to my comment above, since yesterday's announcement they've gone from no adverts on their website for Cardiff to a dozen already. So that's a good start considering in year 1 they are only forecasting 50 roles.
They may not reach their target of 120 odd jobs but it's a good start.
WalesOnline is reporting that all of the space in 1 Capital Quarter is at the heads of terms stage (ie under firm offer). Sounds like good news. Also reports Cardiff has made top 10 markets in uk for spec development. Also a good showing as London is probably 4 markets (city, west end, midtown - the silly americanised name for holborn and environs - and docklands). Be good to see further lettings progress and the bbc's final decision.
I thought callaGhan square was going to be cut in half when the road was reconfigured
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1) I think behind the scenes the long term Callaghan Sq plan is still up in the air, with the council still thinking they could put an arena/convention centre there, maybe by including the site of the warehouses on Canal Parade. Still some distance to go on this one.
2) I think the renders of the student flats are quite old and were developed for illustrative purposes of showing off the master plan. So what gets built might look different.
3) Have gone over the bridge now. Good experience, nice and wide, easy to cycle over as the gradient is fine and two bikes can pass when they meet (although I understand it is steeper than advised for full access for wheelchairs/prams etc).
Some nice views across the city, although nothing you wouldnt expect. Quite busy actually with numerous people using it. Whether they were all just passing over for the novelty like I was, or will be regular users, I don't know. The bridge will be even better when there actually is something at either end of it! It still has a slight hint of 'bridge to nowhere' about it.
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Maybe bmx-ers and skateboarders will like it
as it is quite fun heading down the spiral
so I hope we don't see any silly 'anti-youth' additions making it less accessible
Pile driving going on right now. Not the ideal day to be sat at home having to listen to it!
Thanks for posting the picture.
It's definitely Number 2 Capital Quarter. So they've finally made a start.
There is scope for a station at Capital Quarter, maybe on a Newport to Central line. Once up and running it could host a fair number of people so it could be part of an Eastern metro line with further stops at Pengam Green, Rumney etc
There could even potentially be two stations; a high level station on the Queen Street to Central line that would be very useful for university students going to the nearby Atrium campus, as well as for commuters to Capital Quarter that live north of the city centre, and a low level station on the Central to Newport line which would be good for commuters that live outside of Cardiff.
Sort of like Heath Low level and Heath High Level, but it could act like an interchange station with a direct path connecting the two.
(Though perhaps I'm getting ahead of myself )
There has been mention of a Callaghan Sq metro station, basically where John Street is (and where that warehouse was quietly demolished not so long ago). It is not impossible to think that this could straddle the bay line and bridge the canal to also serve Capital Quarter.
It's not clear to me exactly how this proposed station would work. I imagine it would involve some reconfiguration of the junction, as it will cost £44m according to the article below. Work starting in 4-5 years time, if we are to believe the hype. That's about the same price as the new Admiral building, so it is no small undertaking.
My completely unfounded speculation is that the council will build their all new fancy head office on this site once they have sold off the existing plot on the bay, building the new Callaghan Square metro station underneath it, possibly straddling the reconfigured bay line with a frontage onto the canal facing Capital Quarter, thereby giving access to the new station from Capital Quarter over a canal bridge and better linking Capital Quarter and Callaghan Sq as a continuous district. At least that's what I guessed Goodway wanted in the previous council. It's not a bad idea if the sums add up.
Hey, if I had my way we would have sub-surface metro lines going under the city centre:
A line under Queen Street & Newport Road then down Cowbridge Rd, and a line under Working St (connected to Cardiff Central) then up North Rd, with a nice little underground interchange station by the castle. (With few other smaller stations dotted around) The Tyne and Wear metro has underground bits, why can't the South Wales metro have some as well?
(And... I guess I've just used up the Welsh Government's entire budget with that )
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