Architecture, Interior Design
The St David's Partnerships
Elevating the city
St. David’s is an exciting retail-led development for Cardiff. Regenerating the city centre, St David’s has elevated the city into a top retail destination.
This landmark £675 million private investment has become Cardiff’s new heart, providing a retail, leisure, cultural and tourist venue.
The 90,000m² scheme has a series of blocks that relate in both scale and grain to their existing city context. The design provides new streets and thoroughfares that extend the rich pattern of arcades and culminate in an impressive Grand Arcade at its centre.
As part of the development Benoy also delivered a 28,000m² John Lewis Department Store; their first store in Wales.
In response to the growing demand for city centre living, St David’s includes over 300 high quality apartments.
Utilising local assets
The design for St David’s draws its inspiration from the many arcades within this capital city. This is also expressed in the Grand Arcade which links the existing St David’s centre to the stand alone new John Lewis building via spectacular glass bridges. The theme is continued in the design of the glass roofs providing barrel vault and a traditional pitched solutions.
To enhance the idea of the arcade the doors to the Grand Arcade have been designed to slide aside into the adjacent walls creating completely open entrances.
In order to emphasise contrast to the lower buildings opposite, the design blends the two level retail podium with the residential towers above. These tall buildings are arranged in a series of blocks of differing heights to create a varying silhouette while maintaining a consistent look with the facing buildings.
The residential towers are set around internal landscaped courtyards which sit above the retail levels.
Enhancing the city offer
St David’s has rejuvenated a part of Cardiff which had for a long time fallen behind other major redevelopment schemes within the city.
The Hayes which has now been closed to all traffic with planting and seating provides an apron to the development which further helps to integrate it with the adjacent areas of the city. The development has created a major pedestrian area running from Cardiff Castle right down the Hayes to the main station. This has helped to enliven retail and restaurants in the area.
The project has also created a link from Queen Street, a popular pedestrianised shopping area, through the existing refurbished St David’s 1 centre and into the new build St David’s.