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Client
Crest Nicholson (SW) Ltd
Location
Penarth, Cardiff
Size
6.7Ha
Homes
377
Contact
Colin Rice
Team
Gardiner & Theobald, Gary Gabriel Associates, Dixon DeBoise, Aims Group, Nicholas Pearson Associates, Cole Easdon, Green Issues Communications

Penarth Heights is a flagship regeneration project located north west of Penarth town centre, overlooking Cardiff bay.

Penarth Heights Regeneration

This exemplar sustainable community development replaces a derelict 1970s residential estate with 376 new houses and apartments. Our masterplan creates a distinct residential quarter in the town, within which individual streets and buildings are designed with subtle variations to give a real local sense of place. 

The predominantly low rise scheme, with a traditional urban character, is a highly specific response to the site, working closely with the existing contours, using a palette of materials based on local precedents and a strong landscape structure that links to the site’s green surroundings and neighbouring street structure.

We collaborated closely with United Welsh Housing Association to design the affordable housing - 20% of the total - which is evenly pepper-potted across the scheme, in groups of ten units typically, to be tenure blind.

Community

The concerns of the local community focused on three issues - parking, community facilities and provision of affordable housing. We worked with consultation specialists Green Issues to manage community engagement. 

We assisted in setting up the Penarth Heights Consultative Group (PHCG) which had representatives from the local community association and town and district councillors. The PHCG met monthly to discuss our evolving scheme and public exhibitions were held to reach a wider audience. Our scheme was successful in planning at its first attempt.

Penarth Heights in August 2014