Cardiff tower designs unveiled for controversial Guildford Crescent site

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A CGI of what the tower at Guildford Crescent could look likeImage source, AHR Architects
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The new tower block in Cardiff city centre would have 262 apartments

Developers have unveiled designs of a proposed 29-storey apartment tower on a controversial city centre site where a music venue and restaurants once stood.

Guildford Crescent in Cardiff was mostly demolished despite a 20,000-name petition and a protest march by 1,000.

GallifordTry say the 262 apartment-tower, which will overlook the city's Victorian prison, will have "one of the very best roof terraces in Cardiff."

Developers have revealed the design as part of a public consultation period.

GallifordTry are to start their application for planning permission for the three-level tower - complete with 26th floor roof terrace - with Cardiff council in April.

They say residents would have space to store one bicycle per apartment but there will be no car parking spaces, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

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Former bars and restaurants that were on the site have been demolished

The building on the Victorian terrace is proposed on the site of former music venue Gwdihŵ and restaurants Madeira and Thai House.

Developers say the ground floor of the new building would have 450 square metres of commercial floor space, with most of the old frontages of the street kept.

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The building would be split into three levels and will have a roof terrace on the 26th floor
Image source, AHR Architects
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Developers plan to apply for planning permission in April