Bouygues Wins £20m Cardiff Maelfa Centre Rebuild
Cardiff Council has named Bouygues as its development partner for a £20m regeneration of the Maelfa Centre in Llanedeyrn. The project will be led by Bouygues Development who have teamed up with housing associations, construction companies and architects. Proposals include the demolition of the existing centre to be replaced with a new shopping parade, a new community building, library and day centre, police station and 110 homes. Work on the site in Llanedeyrn could start next year if planning consent is granted.
The Maelfa Centre has provided a variety of services for local residents including shopping facilities, a day centre, library, family centre, play area, and health centre. The centre was built in the 1970s but no longer meets the needs of the local community. Local people feel that the centre is increasingly unsafe, looks out of date and has a number of empty shops.
Cardiff Council, DTZ consultants and a variety of other organisations have been working together to address these issues. A master plan has been prepared for redevelopment of the Centre, following consultation with the community on issues and options. Outline planning consent was granted for the scheme in September 2011. The new development is to be financed by Council investment and the sale of land for housing.
Lynda Thorne, Cardiff Council cabinet member for communities, housing and social justice, said: "The project will deliver a bright new centre for the community and provide the facilities and services it desperately needs."