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Cardiff Bay Development

We are excited to share our vision for the future of Cardiff Sixth Form College (CSFC). We have been progressing the scheme following the successful public consultation event we held in May 2022 and as we continue to refine our proposals, we want to hear your views. The proposed development is a result of on-going engagement between Cardiff Council and involved parties since the initial pre-application was submitted and a site visit took place in December 2021.

The overarching aim is to provide a permanent new home for CSFC in Cardiff Bay. This proposal will help deliver high quality, state of the art teaching space and boarding accommodation.

The proposals include the sensitive conversion and restoration of the Grade II listed Merchant Place and Cory’s Building and a new building at the rear of the site to provide the main teaching accommodation for 500 students (Site 1).

CSFC’s proposals will also provide boarding accommodation for 400 students in a new purpose-built accommodation block on Pierhead Street (Site 2).

The development strategy is to deliver both sites simultaneously however for the purpose of the planning application process two separate applications will be submitted for each site. This consultation relates specifically to Site 1 where an application has been prepared for full planning and listed building consent for the partial demolition of existing buildings and the redevelopment of the site to provide an educational facility, the erection of an 8-storey building, cycle parking and landscaping. A separate consultation will take place for Site 2.

Site 1, Merchant Place and Cory’s Building is located on Bute Place and Bute Street and comprises two Grade II listed buildings in the historic core of the Cardiff Bay area. The site is bounded by Bute Place to the south, Bute Street to the west and Lloyd George Avenue to the east. To the north is a separate building named Custom House which abuts the site boundary, with a car park and buildings beyond. The Wales Millenium Centre which lies to the east of the Site.

Cory’s Buildings is an ornate 5-storey Grade II listed building dating from 1889 which fronts onto Bute Street. Merchant Place is a 3-storey Grade II listed building that was previously in use as a post office which fronts onto Bute Place.  Both buildings are currently vacant and have been for the last 20 years.

The site is located in Mount Stuart Square Conservation Area and the Central and Bay Business Area on the Cardiff City Council Proposal Map.

This website has been created to give an overview of the proposed development and provide the opportunity to submit feedback in advance of an application submission to Cardiff City Council.

Proposed Development

The Proposed Development comprises of the following key elements which together create a high quality, inspiring teaching space for the students;

  • Restoration and adaptation of the heritage assets, Cory’s Building and Merchants Place, including the change of use to an educational facility.
  • Construction of a new 8-storey building to the rear of the Site, for education use, including a glazed link extension connecting the heritage assets with the new build element.

The full description of development comprises:

Partial demolition of existing buildings and the redevelopment of the site to provide an educational facility (Use Class F1), including the restoration of the existing buildings, internal and external alterations to the existing buildings, the erection of an 8-storey building, ancillary cycle parking, landscaping, public realm improvements and associated works.

For more information on the proposals and site works please see the draft plans and drawings that have been prepared to support the application.

Plans and Documents 

A full set of draft plans and technical documents that form the draft planning application are provided below.  We look forward to receiving your feedback on the proposals.

Consultation Dates

Consultation on the application is open until the 14th September 2022. You can have your say on the application by sending your comments to

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