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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). Public consultation took place in August 2022 for Site 1 and the comments were carefully considered and helped shaped the final application. The planning application and listed building consent application for this Site has now been submitted to Cardiff Council and you can make comments on the Council’s website. We are hoping that this application will be determined early in the new year.

CSFC’s proposals will also provide boarding accommodation for 400 students in a new purpose-built accommodation block on Pierhead Street (Site 2). As the application for Site 1 has been submitted and is at the advanced stages of determination, this consultation relates specifically to Site 2 where an application has been prepared for full planning permission the erection of a part 10-storey part 18-storey building for residential boarding accommodation, including a ground floor commercial use unit (use class A1 and A2), ancillary parking, landscaping, public realm improvement and associated works.

Plot 5 (Site 2) is located to the east of the Cardiff Millenium Centre, approximately 0.5km distance from Site 1.  The site comprises of undeveloped land with a Premier Inn located to the west of the site and a multi-storey car park located to the northwest. Bute Place boarders the site to the southwest and Pierhead Street borders the site to the southeast.

The site is located in the Central and Bay Business Area on the adopted proposals map.  The Site is not located in a Conservation Area, but it is in close proximity to the Pierhead Conservation Area.  

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 primary aim of the application is to provide CSFC with permanent high-quality boarding accommodation for its students with enhanced recreational facilities, amenity space, and other ancillary features. The proposed building is intended to be a townscape marker for the area, with a stepped design and bold colours, whilst remaining elegant and high-quality.

The full description of development comprises:

The erection of a part 10-storey part 18storey building for residential boarding accommodation, including a ground floor commercial use unit (use class A1 and A2), ancillary parking, landscaping, public realm improvement 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 19th January 2023. You can have your say on the application by sending your comments to

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