Cardiff Council and Cardiff Living

Constructing Excellence

Cardiff Council, as the client for Cardiff Living project, has created a unique regeneration partnership delivering new high quality affordable homes, regenerating communities and bringing underused sites back into use. Design quality and placemaking are central to the process both to create new and vibrant communities and to integrate them into their existing surroundings. The overall program will deliver 1500plushomes for sale and rent as well as elderly person housing, community facilities and healthcare facilities over 26 sites with a development value of £400m plus, over a ten-year period.

The partnership was established following an exhaustive procurement process to ensure that the Council’s objectives would be delivered:

  • Innovative/collaborative partnership approach to procurement/development–all homes marketed as Cardiff Living
  • Early Developer involvement in design process
  • Creation by Wates of dedicated Cardiff Living business unit
  • Design/Financial appraisal stage sign off before contract/SOS
  • Regeneration of brownfield/surplus council land
  • Sustainable communities
  • Fabric first approach
    • 17% improvement in energy efficiency over current 2014 Building Regulations
    • fuel poverty
    • climate change
    • Now evolved into a Net Zero Carbon Strategy
  • Design led
  • Community investment
  • Mixed tenure
  • Tenure blind
Three Winning Facts:
  1. Unique Public Private Partnership to deliver over 1500 plus high quality, energy efficient affordable homes for rent and sale with sustainable communities and place making at its heart.
  2. Over 500 energy efficient homes delivered to date including to Passivhaus standards and Near Net Zero Carbon. The programme is championing continuous improvement with homes in future projects being developed to low carbon standards with increased use of MMC and with whole life carbon assessments.
  3. Community engagement and community investment has been central to Cardiff Living. Extensive community consultations have been undertaken on almost all project and to date the programme has created £7m of Social Local & Economic Value Add and £1.3m Social Value Add.