Rio Architects celebrates BTR phase at Central Quay

Rio Architects celebrates the Build to Rent phase of Rightacres’ ongoing redevelopment at Central Quay in Cardiff.

Aerial view of the Central Quay development in Cardiff which will deliver a 715 apartment Build to Rent scheme within the wider masterplan, designed by Rio Architects | BTR News
Aerial view of the Central Quay development in Cardiff which will deliver a 715 apartment Build to Rent scheme within the wider masterplan, designed by Rio Architects.

Rio Architects celebrates the next phase of ongoing redevelopment at Central Quay, which is being delivered in a partnership between landowners Rightacres and Watkin Jones. Located alongside the River Taff in the heart of Cardiff’s city centre, the Central Quay development regenerates the former Brains Brewery site, providing high-quality Build to Rent apartments whilst protecting and retaining the Brewhouse, its iconic chimney and inherited cultural heritage. The Central Quay Build to Rent scheme has received a £200m investment from Legal & General, which will deliver 715 new apartments.

The Build to Rent scheme gained planning approval in June 2022 and the proposals demonstrate the sympathetic and sensitive approach Rio Architects has taken to develop the designs in harmony with the masterplanner’s vision to retain these distinctive landmarks as a focal point for the city. The residential towers and their commercial plinth will reference the colours and textures of the Brewhouse materials and compliment the historic building.

The design offers a unique opportunity for the extension of the city centre to the south of Central Station, and is the latest of several Rio-designed schemes within the wider Central Quay masterplan to receive planning approval. It is also the first of a series of linked riverfront developments that provide a connection between the city centre and Cardiff Bay. It will create a new space of urban green infrastructure along the eastern bank of the River Taff and provide the opportunity for a brand-new neighbourhood lifestyle in the heart of Cardiff city.

Night view of Central Quay in Cardiff | BTR News
Night view of Central Quay in Cardiff.

“I am thrilled that planning approval has been granted for this exciting and transformational development in the heart of my home city. The provision of these new buildings and the homes they will create is the next important step in the making of a new riverfront neighbourhood at Central Quay. The development is underpinned by the creation of high-quality public spaces based on strong principles of people-focused urban design. I look forward to our continuing involvement in the wider Central Quay masterplan and will enjoy watching the development progress.”

Chris Taylor, Senior Associate, Rio Architects

The extensive and imaginative design and new riverfront walkway with green infrastructure and connected cycle routes will deliver significant enhancements to the public realm with improvements to biodiversity, drainage and potential flooding impacts within the area. The character and setting of the iconic chimney and Brewhouse are enhanced and made accessible to the public – which they haven’t been before. With its connection to existing rail, road, foot, cycle and water infrastructure, the Central Quay development will help to reconnect the city to Cardiff Bay and the River Taff, and is well-positioned to attract and retain further investment into Cardiff, bringing opportunities for growth.