Holder Mathias announce their designs for the Cardiff Interchange


Holder Mathias Architects has recently announced the go ahead for its designs for the £89 million project, Cardiff Interchange, on behalf of developer Rightacres, and to be delivered by construction company ISG. This significant piece of the Central Square regeneration programme includes a new bus and coach station, retail units, a multi-deck car park, a Build-to-Rent apartment tower and Grade A office space. 

The announcement follows the completion earlier this year of the regeneration of 5-10 Church Street for leisure use, the regeneration of 199-209 City Road for studio apartments and restaurant uses, and, the development of the new 210-bedroom Cardiff Bay Premier Inn, Cardiff Bay. As one of Cardiff’s most established architectural practices, Holder Mathias has seen the city change over the past half century and has responded with designs that have captured the city’s evolution while remaining loyal to its unique character and context. 

On completion, the Cardiff Interchange will provide a modern, innovative and truly mixed-use set of environments. The new building will act as a ‘backdrop’ to the eastern side of Central Square, provide a worthy addition to Cardiff’s evolving skyline, re-establish the original urban block – a key piece of Cardiff’s urban fabric – and positively contribute to the street scene and city scape of this exciting new quarter of Cardiff.

Church Street remains an important and sensitive Conservation Area within Cardiff city centre. Here the practice worked with a major UK fund to improve the leisure offer of no 5-10 and turned it into a vibrant place to attract people from all over the City. By enhancing the street scene and improving the character of the Conservation Area, 5-10 Church Street has already become a go-to leisure destination in the City Centre.

Stephen Hill, Holder Mathias partner, said: “Cardiff is acquiring an enviable reputation for its forward-looking attitude and its vibrant new city scape, all of which is attracting new levels of investment. We have seen the city transform over 50 years and are proud to have been part of its continuous evolution. Our aim is always to create designs that celebrate Cardiff’s history while making it future proof for the next generation.”