City desi​gn

 

The way buildings and public spaces look and function can help make our capital city a nicer place to live, work and visit. 

 

A sustainable approach to the design of new developments can also reduce the impact the construction industry has on climate change, add value to the development and the local area and mean that new buildings are cheaper and more efficient to heat, light and manage.

 

It is part of our job as a council to make sure there are guidelines in place and that advice is provided about the design of new buildings and public spaces in order to help achieve this.


 

Cardiff Public Realm Manual



The public realm refers to the space between buildings where people have free access, such as streets and public squares.

The Cardiff Public Realm Manual (PDF 3.56 MB)Link opens in a new window sets out guidance and design principles that should be taken into consideration during the design of public realm schemes in order to create high quality, inclusive streets and public spaces.

Guidance on Design & Access Statements (DAS)

 

Most planning and listed building consent applications (with defined exceptions) will require a Design, and Access Statement to accompany the application.

 

The DAS will show that good design objectives have been considered. 

 

Download and read the Design and Access Statement Guidance (PDF 323 KB)Link opens in a new window .

 

Design Guides

 

Design guides cover a range of topics, including household extensions, new housing layouts and tall buildings, and offer advice about design choices, case studies and other useful information.


 

Liveable Design Guide​


 
The Liveable Design Guide (PDF 12.9 MB)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window  sets out how new developments will help Cardiff become Europe’s most liveable capital city. It sets out the Council’s ambitions for placemaking, urban design and architecture, which will be applied to strategic development sites throughout the city.​

 

Cardiff Residential Design Guide

 

The Cardiff Residential Design Guide (PDF 1.73 MB)Link opens in a new window offers guidelines for the design of residential developments in Cardiff. It also has case studies and describes the design process to be followed.

 

Tall Buildings Design Guide

 

The Tall Buildings Design Guide (PDF 1.73 MB)Link opens in a new window   has advice on where tall buildings are located in the city and principles which must be applied to their design. The guide is focussed on the development of tall buildings in the city centre and bay areas of Cardiff.

 

Infill Sites Design Guide

 

The Infill Sites Design Guide (PDF 2.65 MB)Link opens in a new window provides guidance for infill development, which is the way previously developed small sites within the city are developed.

 

Shop Fronts and Signage Design Guidance 

 

The Shop Fronts and Signage Design Guidance (PDF 2.52 MB)Link opens in a new window provides guidance for when shop fronts or signs are replaced, changed or if new ones are put up. The document gives outlines on key issues, such as design, lighting, security and advertising.

 

Welsh Sustainable building standards

 

The Welsh Assembly Governments' sustainable building standards document (PDF 245 KB)Link opens in a new window applies to all residential new build developments as well as non-residential development with either a floorspace of 1000m2 or more or a site with an area of 1 hectare or more.

 

Contact us

 

For more information about any of the above documents and guidance, or if you have any questions about city design, please contact us online.

 

Tel: 029 2087 3489

 

Placemaking
Strategic Planning
Cardiff Council
Room 223 County Hall
Atlantic Wharf
Cardiff
CF10 4UW

 

Public art

 

Cardiff is home to a collection of more than 200 public artworks that have developed with the city over the past 150 years and form part of the fabric of its public spaces.

 

Find artwork

 

The Cardiff Public Art Register (PDF 5.22 MB)Link opens in a new window   has details of Cardiff's current collection of public art. You can download the document and learn more about each piece of art, including its title, artist, location and the year it was unveiled.

 

Protecting public art

 

There are three documents which set out ways of protecting Cardiff’s current artworks and helping to create opportunity for future pieces.

 

 

Contact us

 

If you have any questions about public art in the city please contact us.

 

Tel: 029 2087 3483