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Plans for new 17,000 capacity Cardiff Arena advance

27 Nov 2021 2 minute read
Artist’s impression of Cardiff Arena (Credit: Cardiff Council)

Plans for a proposed 17,000-capacity indoor arena to be built in Cardiff Bay have moved a step closer following the submission of a hybrid planning application by the consortium behind the scheme.

The consortium, led by Robertson Construction, has submitted a detailed application for the first phase of the Butetown regeneration plan, backed by Cardiff Council, which includes the arena, a hotel and associated parking.

Outline planning is also being sought for a wider Atlantic Wharf regeneration scheme, including the construction of up to 1,150 new homes as well as office spaces, and leisure facilities built over a seven year period.

If planning is granted for the arena, construction could commence in autumn next year and the venue could welcome its first paying customers in 2025.

Nick Harris, group executive property director, Robertson, told Construction Enquirer: “Earlier this year we undertook public consultation events on the proposed plans and have been greatly encouraged by the positive feedback received from the local community.”

Red Dragon Centre

Further phases of the project will see the relocation of businesses in the Red Dragon Centre to allow the construction of a purpose-built facility for food and drink outlets and a new cultural centre incorporating the Wales Millennium Centre production space, potentially a National Art Gallery, and a fly-through visitor attraction.

The new indoor arena aims to create a premier, UK-visitor destination, which could attract one million visitors every year and bring more than £100m per annum into the local economy.

As part of visitor attraction plans it was revealed in July that moves are underway to recognise the musical heritage of Wales as part of the new arena.

Cabinet Member for Investment and Development, Cllr Russell Goodway, said: “The new indoor arena will be a top tier UK visitor attraction and the financial benefits that it will bring to Butetown and the wider area will be significant – with up to 2,000 jobs created during the construction phase and a further 1,000 jobs in operation when the Atlantic Wharf masterplan becomes a reality.

“Through the Atlantic Wharf masterplan, significant improvements will be made to the public realm and to transport links, and there is no doubt that the regeneration of this site will kick-start the next phase of regeneration in Cardiff Bay.”

 


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Llywelyn ein Llyw Nesaf
Llywelyn ein Llyw Nesaf
10 months ago

Handy for people in Bristol.

Not so handy for people in Aberystwyth or Bangor

Glen
Glen
10 months ago

Bristol is building a 15,000 capacity arena of its own.

Phil
Phil
10 months ago

Just how many entertainment venues does Cardiff need?

Gill
Gill
10 months ago
Reply to  Phil

Yep how about some investment in Swansea, Newport, mid Wales or towns in the north

Glen
Glen
10 months ago
Reply to  Gill

If only someone would build a 17,000 capacity arena in Dolgellau.

Glen
Glen
10 months ago
Reply to  Phil

Is there a limit?

CardiffEntertainmentVenues
CardiffEntertainmentVenues
10 months ago
Reply to  Phil

Sure this will be a replacement for the CIA?

Sion Cwilt
Sion Cwilt
10 months ago
Reply to  Phil

Especially as the most of the jobs on offer will be part-time zero hour contract sh*t jobs. And the allusion to Wales’, ‘Land of Song’ is enough to make one gag. Don’t these clueless PR types ever get tired of the lazy stereotypes?

Shifty pence
Shifty pence
10 months ago

Why don’t you build a factory for all the people who have just lost there jobs at Aston Martin. The taxpayers no longer have a say in how our wages are spent. Concert hall seriously! Another empty venue brilliant. !!!!!!!!

mike
mike
10 months ago

what the hell is the vanity project for? scrap it and the pointless airport.

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