The Projects


st john's churchyard

As part of the St David's Partnership commitment to improving public spaces in Cardiff the St John's Churchyard situated at the northern end of the Hayes was re-vitalised.

Work started on the project in January 2007 and lasted for 11 weeks. The project transformed the churchyard gardens into a landscaped public area with new seating, paving and lighting. A new public route was created through the gardens and the existing graveyard preserved within its own enclosure.

The new churchyard garden opened to the public in Spring 2007.

St Fagans, National Museum of Wales

public realm & highway improvements

Through a combination of innovative and inspiring public art and an increase in landscaped spaces for people to relax in, our aim is to draw more people to this area of the city centre. But we are not looking to completely reinvent the wheel - we want to draw on what makes Cardiff special already, including the arcades and the finishes and materials used. Our vision for the Hayes is truly aspirational and, through this, we hope to make it the Cardiff equivalent of a bustling European piazza.

Through the scheme, we aim to create a space for the people who live, work and shop in Cardiff to be proud of and enjoy spending time in.

Safle (formally Public Art Wales), have been appointed as consultants and project managers, as part of a £1.5m public art investment and their experience and creativity will help us to breathe new life into this area of the city centre.

Sitting at the heart of an improved transport network, the scheme has delivered 2500 spaces in two new, start-of-the-art car parks, better access and road crossing for pedestrians, safe cycle parking and cycle lanes along with convenient new bus stops on Bute Terrace, David Street, Churchill Way and in front of the Marriott Hotel.

Wales Millennium Centre

hayes apartments

A new way of living

304 luxury apartments right in the heart of the city!

High above the lively bustle of daily life in one of Europe's top capital cities, with the very best in shopping and entertainment right on your doorstep, Hayes Apartments offers a relaxed, sophisticated urban haven. Luxurious and contemporary apartments with panoramic views across the city to the green hills beyond and private, residents' rooftop courtyards close to home.

On the eastern side of the development (near Debenhams) there will be an affordable housing allocation of 27 new homes. These units will be allocated as low rent or low cost units.

To find out more call 02920 666693 or visit

National Museum of Wales

Cardiff central library

As part of the development St David’s Partnership built a new Central Library for Cardiff. The building opened in March 2009 and delights its users by providing quality educational materials, information and entertainment for all ages.

The award winning Cardiff Central Library is an impressive six storey 55,000 sq feet, and boasts the latest characteristics in environmental architecture including a green roof designed to enhance biodiversity through selection of local native species, provide rainwater retention, reduce heat gain during summer and improve thermal insulation during winter.

Other sustainable features include energy and water efficient services, and materials with low environmental impact. 

The building is a fitting gateway to the Capital City welcoming visitors as they approach from the Central train station.

For more information on the services provided by the Library please visit:

Millennium Stadium

john lewis

Wales’ biggest department store

St David's is home to the first John Lewis in Wales and the largest shop outside of Oxford Street in London. Anchoring the Southern end of the centre, the 280,000 sq ft department store will be an exciting addition to retailing in Cardiff. 

Building work started in May 2007 and doors to the shop opened in September 2009. The shop created 780 jobs and is the most environmentally efficient shop to date.

The impressive 4 storey department store displays an architectural feature in the form of glass prow which will house the Espresso bar and have a vast ceiling space above taking in the full height of the shop’s four floors.  The shop will feature a 293 cover restaurant ‘Place to Eat’ and a 129 cover Espresso bar – the largest in any John Lewis branch, and it will be the first shop to fully showcase John Lewis’ women’s wear concept, including luxury fixtures.

In a another first for John Lewis, shoppers can browse for products on from computer access points on the shop floor and while enjoying refreshments in the Espresso Bar. - consumer site - wefan Gymraeg - corporate site

Cardiff Castle

st david's original centre

Upgrading the longest established retail centre in Wales

The original St David’s centre was given a £50 million comprehensive refurbishment, to sit alongside the new build element of the scheme. The modernisation programme included new a cutting-edge look with state-of-the-art flooring, lighting and wall coverings.

A purpose built mall was created as part of the renovation work that will link with the new development, containing 16 newly formatted units. The works also included a 30,000sq ft extension for Debenhams.

The modernisation works completed in Autumn 2009 just ahead of the re-launch of St David’s. Together both centres cover around 1.4 million sq ft creating a stunning new retail destination, one of the largest in the UK.

St. David’s Shopping Centre is the longest established shopping centre in Cardiff and South Wales and has been providing quality shopping for over 25 years.

st david's: the new home of fashion in wales

St David’s Partnership has invested £675 million to create a spectacular new retail destination in Cardiff.

It has created one of the largest centres in the country and will represent 39% of the total retail floor space in the city – equivalent to 30 football pitches of shopping!

St David’s will be anchored by the department stores; John Lewis, Debenhams and Marks & Spencer with around 180 further stores. This will include a greatly expanded catering offer, focused around the Eastside area and a high fashion offer concentrated on The Hayes.

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