Holder Mathias appointed to major scheme in Wales

Leading architecture practice Holder Mathias has been appointed to design three buildings in Cardiff Bay.

Cardiff Waterside, funded by Aviva Investors, was granted planning consent for the 160,000 ft² project which comprises a 250-bed Premier Inn hotel and two speculative Grade A office buildings.

The development is part of a wider regeneration project aiming to transform Cardiff Bay into a busy and vibrant centre for employment, leisure and living.

Stephen Hill, Partner at Holder Mathias, said:

“Our vision for this development is premised on a desire to ‘complete’ the existing crossroads with a group of buildings that acknowledge and complement the eclectic character of Cardiff Bay, while adding a high degree of vibrancy to the street scene.

“As part of the design process, we wanted to consider the Cardiff Waterside estate in its entirety and particularly the impact that the three buildings would have on the immediate context of the site and the continuing development of the Bay itself.”

For the design of the Premier Inn hotel, Holder Mathias is incorporating a simple use of surface material and ‘punched-hole’ window arrangement, which will act as an active frontage to the street.

The two office buildings will be similarly designed for continuity, one of which will be speculatively designed for added flexibility for potential occupiers.

The outline design of the three buildings reflect the local character and style already established, but remain flexible to market demand and specific occupier requirements.