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Dismay at state of controversial Guildford Crescent development

14 Jul 2023 3 minute read
Guildford Crescent, pictured in 2023, nearly two years after planning permission was secured for a 30-storey building on the site. Photo Google Maps

Ted Peskett, local democracy reporter

Councillors have expressed their disappointment over the state of a Cardiff street which residents tried to save from demolition and is now earmarked for a high-rise apartment block.

Plans for the 30-storey-high building, which is set to be constructed on land at Guildford Crescent, were approved by Cardiff Council in November 2021.

However, little work appears to have been done on site, with the partially demolished buildings facing onto the street still covered in scaffolding with no sign of a building rising from behind it.

The developer, Galliford Try, said it is hopeful that it will be able to begin the project in the very near future.


Speaking on behalf of all Cardiff Council ward members for Catahys, Councillor Chris Weaver, said: “We objected to this application, but unfortunately were not successful.

“We’re disappointed in the state of the crescent as it is now, and hope that the issues that have caused the developer to delay can be resolved. We know the disastrous budget last year has caused economic shocks across the UK.

“Guildford Crescent is next to a conservation area and to the regeneration works on Churchill Way though, it’s an important part of the city centre and the current state of the site isn’t good for anyone”

An application to amend the planning permission which will allow a second staircase to be added to the building was approved by the council in June.

Guildford Crescent in 2019

Economic events

A Galliford Try spokesperson said: “The project has been delayed due to the impact on finance markets of global and national economic events.

“Additionally, as a responsible developer we have redesigned the scheme to enhance safety features by adding an additional staircase in anticipation of new regulatory requirements, which has further pushed the project back.”

A number of 19th century buildings, which were occupied by restaurants and the Gwdihw bar, were demolished in September 2019.

The plans to knock down the buildings were met with opposition from members of the community and local politicians.

About 1,000 people turned up in the city centre in 2019 to march against the proposed demolition and a petition gained 20,000 signatures.

Despite this, plans to knock down the buildings were approved in July that same year.

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John Hammond
John Hammond
11 months ago

“The developer, Galliford Try, said it is hopeful that it will be able to begin the project in the very near future.”
I doubt you can ever trust a developer to fulfil their promises. You might find that Galliford Try is rather more interested in hlding this as part of its landbank. It will retain it as long as it can, or when its value has increased enough to make a nice killing on a different development.

Martin Pritchard
Martin Pritchard
11 months ago
Reply to  John Hammond

Or it’ll wait until the now-poorly-supported frontages collapse before going ahead without them, something which no doubt also exists in architects’ drawings as “Plan A”.

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