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St David’s Cardiff launches community consultation on new city square

St David’s Cardiff owner, Landsec, is launching its community consultation to help shape its plans for a new city square to bring more nature and spaces for families and friends to come together in Cardiff’s city centre.

As well as providing an open, safe space for children to play, the square has the potential to be a vibrant cultural place and provide a new city centre home for live music, local creatives and Cardiff’s growing street food scene.

The proposed open-air square will transform the former Debenhams store to bring new life to St David’s Cardiff and the surrounding area. New green space has the potential to let more nature in to the city to support people’s health and wellbeing while providing important defences against climate change.

The proposals build on Landsec’s long-term investment in Cardiff. Since 2019, its local partnerships at St David’s Cardiff have created £690,000 of social value for the Cardiff community and supported over 1,300 people into education and employment programmes.

Community consultation will kick off at St David’s Cardiff, next to the first floor information point, on 23 and 24 February. Landsec will invite people to come together to explore the themes of culture, nature, play, activity, and craft in community workshops to shape a place that meets local needs and celebrates Cardiff culture.

Helen Morgan, Centre Director at St David’s Cardiff said: “These plans have the potential to bring so much to Cardiff. New outdoor space will revitalise this part of the city centre for local people to enjoy and provide a better all-day-out experience for guests visiting St David’s and Cardiff.

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“Now our focus is to engage with local people, community groups and stakeholders to work with us to shape the future of St David’s, so we can continue to contribute to our thriving capital city.”

People have until April 2024 to share their thoughts on the plans and are invited to attend design events throughout February and March. Comments are also encouraged on Landsec’s new commonplace website (https://stdavidscardiff.commonplace.is/) which will feature event details, updates on the project, and the early plans.