Scott Brownrigg to design Cardiff's International Sports Village and Cardiff Pointe


Scott Brownrigg as part of the team led by developer Helium Miracle 113 has been successful in their bid for Cardiff’s International Sports Village Waterfront site. The City Council’s Chief Executive signed the ratification of Helium Miracle as preferred developer on 25 January 2011.

The development, looks set to be one of the most exciting and significant projects to happen in the city over the last few years. With the site already accommodating Cardiff Bay’s International Swimming Pool, the sports village will also provide two hotels, 1,600 space MSCP, retail space, a potential new national aquarium, a 150m indoor ski slope and nursery slope, a family ‘snow world’ play centre, additional leisure facilities, a new dual pad National Ice Stadium, which will also be home to the Cardiff Devil’s Ice Hockey team, as well as bars and restaurants. The first phase of the development will incorporate the ski slopes and ice arena, and is due to complete in time for the 2013/2014 ice hockey season, whilst delivery of the car park, retail and leisure facilities and “snow world” will complete by 2017.

This news follows Scott Brownrigg’s other successful win last year to re-develop the adjacent residential waterfront site - Cardiff Pointe, for the Greenbank Partnership, who also own Helium Miracle.

The Cardiff Pointe development, which uniquely benefits from two waterfronts, is due to be submitted for outline planning next month.  It will consist of 557 residential units, a mixture of three and four-storey mews townhouses and apartments, and luxury five-storey detached family homes.  Two residential towers of 18-storeys and 24-storeys to the north of the site frame the development, with four and six apartments provided on each floor respectfully.  Each of the towers will uniquely cantilever out over the water, with a single column emerging from the Bay, and the opportunity to include a new water taxi station. A linear park will create a new public route which will connect the two waterfront walks.

Scott Brownrigg’s proposal for Cardiff Pointe creates a sense of place and heart to the development with the addition of a new public plaza with bars, cafes and community facilities, substantial landscaped public realm and a direct route through to the adjacent yacht club. 

On the two significant developments, Neil MacOmish, Group Director, leading Scott Brownrigg’s Cardiff office said:

“To win not just one, but two outstanding, high profile developments within Cardiff Bay is a wonderful achievement for the practice, and really helps to secure our position as one of the leading practices in Cardiff.  ISV will provide a waterfront leisure destination with world class facilities. Cardiff Pointe creates a substantial new part of the City and the Bay that brings together the mix and vibrancy to a complete regeneration project. The proposals have been received with positive support by the city planning department”