Plasdŵr is Cardiff’s ‘garden city for the 21st century’. Up to 7,000 new homes are being built over a 20+ year period on a 900-acre site, which will also include shops, offices, four schools, pubs, restaurants, health centres and a leisure centre. Around 40% of Plasdŵr will be green space, including heritage woodland, sports pitches and play areas.

Construction work at a new housing development in Plasdŵr is progressing well, with the first residents due to move in this spring.

Five-star developer Bellway Wales is building 120 new homes at Rhiwlas at Plasdŵr, including 18 affordable properties for local people. The homes being built for private sale consist of two, three and four-bedroom designs.

The first houses are taking shape, with roofs now on the first plots. Show homes are expected to open at the development early this year, with the first residents expected to move into their new homes in March. Construction on the site is scheduled to continue until early 2023.

A computer-generated street scene image of Bellway’s Rhiwlas at Plasdŵr

Plasdŵr is in the St Fagans, Radyr and Morganstown and Fairwater wards of north west Cardiff that formed part of the historic Plymouth Estate. Around five miles from Cardiff city centre, it will be a major, sought-after place to live and forms a key part of the solution to Cardiff’s need for high quality homes as the capital continues to grow and attract inward investment.

As Plasdŵr emerges over the next generation, it will bring more and more quality facilities for residents, neighbours and visitors from further afield, including one secondary and four primary  schools, a district centre with shops, bars and restaurants, parks, playing fields, allotments and healthcare services.

With construction of the first primary school underway, Plasdŵr is beginning to emerge. While further infrastructure is built over time, the first Plasdŵr residents have become part of their neighbouring communities:

Plasdwr District Centre and Pentrebane Farm

Public art can make a significant contribution to the cultural wellbeing of a community as well the physical landscape. Art and design is important to all elements of Plasdŵr and is considered not only to create an attractive place, where residents are proud to live work and play, but also to champion the talented local artists and history of the land.

Wayne Rees is the project director of Plasdŵr…..

“Developing guidance for public art means everyone involved can contribute in creating the best possible place to live. Public art at Plasdŵr will help create a sense of place, as well as building and merging this new community with its neighbours, while also distinguishing each of our five neighbourhood areas.

With each piece we want to create an emotional attachment to the new community, something which the residents are proud of. The pieces can be inspired by and promote Welsh language and culture, have a connection to nature, landscape or water – which is a key element of the development and where Plasdŵr gets its namesake. As art is subjective the pieces can be sensory, interactive, industrial or functional, the key is that it embodies the garden city principals of fresh air and breathing room which Plasdŵr was inspired by.

“Public art all over the world has nurtured some of the most famous artists, provided job opportunities and been a draw for tourism and business, so it’s important for us to start thinking of our strategy for art at an early stage and we’re looking forward to seeing the first few elements come to life.”

The new Bellway homes are being built on a 13-acre piece of land within Plasdŵr’s Maesllech neighbourhood to the north of the new garden city, with public open space and a children’s play area also being provided as part of the scheme.

Sales Manager for Bellway Wales, Daniel Shone, told us….

“We are very much looking forward to helping our first residents move in at Rhiwlas at Plasdŵr, and we’re very pleased to be one of the leading housebuilders providing new homes in this attractive and ambitious new community.

There is a huge demand for homes in the area, and Plasdŵr is becoming a popular place to live. Rhiwlas also benefits from close proximity to the village of Radyr, a picturesque and leafy community which is one of Cardiff’s most sought-after and affluent areas.”

For more information on the new homes at Rhiwlas at Plasdŵr, visit BELLWAY.

As you can imagine it has been a difficult 12 month for the team at Plasdŵr. The first lockdown saw development stop on all sites from March until early May. Since then, like many others, they have had to adapt and adjust to new ways of working with smaller teams operating on site and social distancing measures in place. During this unprecedented time, the primary concern is the health and safety of everyone involved in the development of Plasdŵr, as well as those already living at Plasdŵr and in its neighbouring communities.

If you’d like to find out more about the community, and keep up to date with the very latest plans, take a look at their site HERE.


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