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Brains reveals Central Quay development

SA Brain and Co has revealed the first images of how its Cardiff Brewery site might look when redeveloped.

At over 3 million square feet, Central Quay will be one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK featuring offices, hotels and apartments alongside a waterfront leisure zone.

The iconic Brains Brewery building and chimney are to be retained in recognition of the site’s brewing heritage and will form a backdrop to the waterfront scheme, where water taxis and small private yachts will be able to moor.

The joint venture between local family businesses SA Brain and Rightacres Property has now been confirmed and will deliver the Central Quay development.

Scott Waddington, Chief Executive of Brains, said: “We recognise the Brewery site has huge potential for re-development and at the same time we needed to re-invest in our brewing plant, office and training facilities.

“This presented the opportunity for us to relocate and enable the Central Quay development to take place where we expect our Brains and Coffee#1 brands to feature.

“While moving from our Crawshay Street home in the centre of Cardiff will be sad, I am excited by the potential the scheme creates for both our business and employees. We are also aware of numerous other brands that want a presence in Cardiff and believe Central Quay’s waterfront location will drive huge investment from some of the national and international operators who want to be in Cardiff.”

The development would be complimentary to Network Rail’s masterplan for the station and the proposed Metro system in the Welsh capital.

Rightacres Chief Executive, Paul McCarthy said: “The timing for bringing forward the Brains site ties in perfectly with the Metro system delivery programme.

“Public transport is pivotal to the success of any business district and to have a Metro terminal at Central Quay, adjacent to the central train station would be good for all concerned.”

Leader of Cardiff Council, Cllr Phil Bale, said: “The city council has been involved in trying to unlock this opportunity for a number of years and we are delighted that Brains and Rightacres have come to an agreement which will help deliver on our aspirations to extend the city centre south of the train station.”

Rightacres will continue developing the masterplan with their design team over the next few months in consultation with Cardiff planners and other stakeholders in the 15-acre site to the south of the station.

Mr McCarthy said: “We would hope to submit detailed planning for our first buildings towards the middle of next year with a view to getting underway with construction towards the end of 2017.”

Whilst it will take Brains up to two years to fully relocate their brewing facility there are opportunities to bring forward a number of parcels of land within twelve months.

“We are looking at a number of different opportunities for the new brewery facility and hope to announce our final decision early in the New Year,” said Mr Waddington.

Mike Baggott, who is partner in the corporate and commercial team at Hugh James, has worked for S.A. Brain for more than 20 years, and advised on this joint venture. Blake Morgan acted for Rightacres.

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