Plans have been announced for a 32-storey landmark development on the site of the offices of a law firm in Cardiff. Issued by joint applicants, Boardroom Properties and Howells Properties, via agent Savills, the application has been issued to redevelop Hallinans House on Newport Road.
Howells Properties, a partnership made up of senior colleagues of Howells Solicitors, own the property, with its workforce occupying the majority of the space. Currently finding themselves in an exciting period of expansion, Howells now employ 90 individuals in the city, with the redevelopment of the Newport Road premises supporting its relocation to “more prestigious and suitable offices” in the city.
Proposing that the new building will be used for student accommodation, the plan covers the demolition of Hallinans House and construction of a new building, arranged over four connected towers.
The plans detail:
- 464 student bedrooms
- A communal entrance area
- study spaces
- Media room
- Two ground floor commercial units
A planning statement submitted as part of the application said the development supported the market for purpose-built student accommodation in the capital.
It will also redevelop “a building that it reaching the end of its useful life as office floorspace” and “result in a positive economic benefit for the city” during the construction phase.
“Fundamentally, and in addition to the above factors, the building proposed will be of landmark quality and will raise the bar in terms of the design quality and architecture of tall buildings proposed within the city in recent years.”
Built in the 1960s, Hallinans House aims to evolve into a modern student accommodation option, with this application being just one of many proposed for Cardiff in recent years. From a 26-storey, 463-bed building on a site at Bridge Street and Charles Street; to a 447-bed property on Customhouse Street, it appears to be an exciting time for commercial property in Cardiff.