CASE STUDY: Cardiff Living | Wates

Award-winning housing development and regeneration partnership

£190m
Value
1,500
Total number of homes
£15.3m
generated in economic, environmental and social value
500
children attended Food and Fun clubs
£14.9m
spent with local SMEs
33
apprenticeships
4,178
training weeks
Pentan Architects
Partner

Cardiff Living is an exciting development partnership between Wates Residential and the City of Cardiff Council. The programme will deliver 1,500 new homes across 40 sites in Cardiff over a 10-year period. The first of three phases of development commenced in March 2017.

Phase one development sites currently in progress include Captains View, Captains Walk and Mount Pleasure Lane in Llanrumney, Silvervale Park in St. Mellons and Walker Mews in Cardiff.

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Wates Residential What House GOLD winnerAt least 40% (around 600) of the 1,500 total homes will be council homes, available for rent through the Councils existing allocations process, with a small number being made available to first time buyers through the Councils low cost home ownership scheme. The remaining 60% (around 900) homes will be available for purchase on the open market under the Cardiff Living brand. All properties will meet high levels of sustainability and energy efficiency, ensuring that we help tackle fuel poverty.

Community investment

One of the key objectives of the project is to maximise investment in Cardiffs communities. The project will deliver substantial benefits including the creation of long-term local training and employment programmes as well as opportunities for local businesses and community groups. Community investment highlights include:

  • Supporting the employment of over 6,400 people
  • Creating over 9,000 weeks of training for Cardiff residents
  • Economic growth through locally procured supply chain
  • Work placements and employment of local apprentices and trainees
  • To date the partners have supported the training of 71 apprentices, 147 people on work experience placements and worked with 4317 students in workshops, site visits and careers events.
  • Wates Giving donated £20,000 to School of Hard Knocks, a charity who support unemployed adults in developing employability and life skills through rugby training, as well as providing CV writing workshops and interview technique training.

CONSTRUCTION

  • Phase one of the scheme, which commenced in 2016, has seen a total of 426 homes completed across 6 sites over the last 4 years including homes for affordable and social rent, and homes for open market sale.
  • Sites within phase 2 and 3 of the scheme will be built using modern methods of construction including a modular development at Crofts Street in Plasnewydd and various sites being built to passivhaus standards which reduces the homes’ energy output and carbon footprint.
  • Cardiff Council and Wates Residential received a £1.4m Housing Innovation Grant from the Welsh Government to support the modular development at Crofts Street, a Phase 2 site, which will be manufactured off-site in controlled conditions to save time, energy and money.
  • Wates Giving donated £20,000 to School of Hard Knocks, a charity who support unemployed adults in developing employability and life skills through rugby training, as well as providing CV writing workshops and interview technique training.
The new homes in our developments are high-quality builds which are helping to regenerate existing estates and create wellconnected, sustainable communities across Cardiff.
Cllr Huw Thomas
Leader of Cardiff Council
Wates Residential has done a great job working closely with local communities, establishing good relationships as we seek to ensure our new developments dovetail into existing communities to improve the surrounding area for all local residents.
Cllr Lynda Thorne
Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities,

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