St. David's 2

St. David's
Dewi Sant
Location Cardiff, Wales
Opening date 24 March 1982[1](phase 1)
22 October 2009 (phase 2)
Developer St. David's Partnership (Capital Shopping Centres (50%) and Land Securities Group (50%))[2]
Owner St. David's Partnership [3]
Architect Benoy (phase 2)[4]
Building Design Partnership (library)[4]
Glenn Howells (Hayes Apartments)[4]
No. of stores and services 203[2][3]
No. of anchor tenants 5 (Boots, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, British Home Stores[2] and John Lewis[3])
Total retail floor area 129,561 m2 (1,394,580 sq ft)[5]
Parking 2,550[6]
No. of floors 9 (2 shopping levels, 1 restaurant seating level and 6 car park levels)

St. David's (previously known as St. David's Shopping Centre.[7]) is one of the principal shopping centres in the city centre of Cardiff, Wales. Located in The Hayes area of the southern city centre. Owing to the extension of St Davids 2 in 2009, St David's is now the ninth largest shopping centre in the United Kingdom.

The construction of the extension cost a total of £675m and brought Cardiff within the top five shopping destinations in the United Kingdom. The centre consists of original first phase, St David's Centre, adjoining St. David's Hall and the second phase, given the development name of St David's 2. The second phase of the shopping centre, opened on 22 October 2009, when the first 58 of its 88 stores opened for trade.[8]

In 2008-9, the annual footfall of the centre was 27 million, and is expected to rise to 33 million in 2009-10.[9] 20 million people visited the centre during the first six months after the opening of St. David's 2.[10]

St David's was crowned the international shopping centre of the year in 2010 by Global Retail Leisure International, beating contenders in Portugal and Singapore.[11]

St. David's is patrolled by three paramedics on bicycles between every Friday and Sunday in order to respond rapidly to medical emergencies.[12]

The first phase

St. David's first phase on Working Street

December 2007
June 2010

St. David's Shopping Centre was open to the public in January 1981, although it did not officially open until 24 March 1982. The centre has 4 external entrances located on Queen Street, Cathedral Walk, Working Street, and Hills Street. The entrance on Hill's Street connects to the northern entrance of the new St. David's 2 shopping centre, open at street level and via an enclosed bridge on the first floor. It is also joined internally with Queens Arcade. There are 3 thoroughfares within the centre; Town Wall, Cathedral Walk and St. David's Way.[13]

The centre attracted an average footfall of 39,000,000 per annum[2] and has a core catchment of 2.4 million people. The 12 million tourists that visit the city annually help generate over £7.5 billion in retail spending. There are seventy-five individual shops and stores in the first centre that cater for a broad demographic. The centre is anchored by Boots, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and Bhs.[2] It is strategically situated close to central car parking and benefits from being close to public transport services. The centre is also adjacent to St. David's Hall.

The second phase (St. David's 2)

Buildings that were demolished to make way for St. David's 2

Oxford Arcade, The Hayes
St David's Market
Central Library (St David's Link)

St. David's, and much of the southern end of Cardiff city centre's shopping area, was re-developed as part of the St David's 2 development.

The second phase (St. David's 2) was a £675m extension of the centre, in which a large part of Cardiff's south city centre was demolished. Demolished buildings included Oxford Arcade, St. David's Market, St. David's Link including the Cardiff Central Library, the NCP Tredegar Street multi-storey car park, the Wales National Ice Rink, the NCP Bridge Street multi-storey car park, and Toys "R" Us who relocated to Cardiff International Sports Village. The new development consists of 3 main buildings in total; a new Central Library building, which is built on part of the Marriott Hotel car park, the John Lewis department store, which is built on the former Wales National Ice Rink, and the main shopping area, which is built on the form Oxford Arcade, St. David's Link and western side of Bridge Street. It also includes apartments, called Hayes Apartments, above the main shopping centre.

Construction of St. David's 2

Demolition of the Central Library and Bridge St car park
Construction of the John Lewis store
Construction along The Hayes
Construction of the Grand Arcade

The second phase is made up of different sections, they are:

  • St. David's Walk, leading to the extension of Debenhams and the Grand Arcade. This part of the centre hosts The Fragrance Shop, The Blue Dot Gallery, Model Zone, Peacocks, Thornterns, Shoe Zone, Internationale, Select, Officers Club, Blue Inc, Principality, Suits Direct and debut Welsh stores for Footasylum, Krispy Kreme and Bijou Brigitte
  • St. David's Way, The original part of St. David's, consisting of most flagship stores in the complex, including Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, British Home Stores & Boots as well as high street favourites such as Quiz, Pravins, Wallis, Watches of Switzerland, The Body Shop and Costa Coffee
  • The Hayes, is the most stylish shopping strip in the city lined with designer boutiques and big names. The Hayes is home to stores such as Hugo Boss, Vans, All Saints, TM Lewin, Starbucks, H&M, Parkhouse Jewellers, Crabtree & Evelyn, Cath Kidson, Radley, Kurt Geiger, Links of London, Reiss, Fat Face, Crew Clothing, Jo Malone, Leia, LK Bennett and the prestigious Jamies Italian restaurant.
  • Hayes Arcade with jewellery and accessory boutiques. You'll find names like Swatch, Thomas Sabo, Folli Follie, Ollie & Nic as well as L'Occitane in this fashionable arcade
  • Grand Arcade, connecting St. David's Walk in the original centre to John Lewis. The Grand Arcade is split over two floors and is flooded with light from the impressive glass roof.

The Upper Grand Arcade is home to two Abercrombie brands Gilly Hicks and Hollister as well as a host of major stores such as Apple Store, H&M, Nike, River Island, Calvin Klein, Monsoon, Dwell, The North Face, Auntie Annes, Jane Norman, Clarks, G-Star RAW, Republic, USC, New Look, Mothercare, Deichmann Shoes, Blue Inc, Schuh, La Senza, Luke 1977, Claire's, Paperchase, Guess, GAP, Hush Puppies, Lakeland and JoJo Maman Bebe. The Upper Level is nearly 100% let with only 4 units remaining.

The Lower Grand Arcade is also well stocked with popular stores and brands such as Mango, Cult, Jack & Jones/Vero Moda, David & Goliath, Beaverbrooks, Goldsmith's, Crocs, Boots, Kamigata, Soletrader, Karen Millen, Warehouse, Oasis, Boux Avenue, Dune, Lego, Kingdom Of Sweets, Coast, Disney Store, Clas Ohlson, Sports Direct and many more.

  • Eastside, is the restaurant and café quarter of the second phase of the centre. It is split over 2 levels, The Upper Eastside offers restaurants like Nando's, Pizza Express, T.G.I. Fridays, Cafe Rouge, Prezzo, ChimiChangas and the first Ruby Tuesday franchise in the UK and western Europe. The Lower Eastside offers smaller cafes such as Ed's Easy Diner, Spudulike, Muffin Break and the first Pret A Manger and YO! Sushi in Wales, other restaurants here such as, Cadwalader's Ice Cream, and Bellini's Express are businesses owned and operated in Wales.
  • Working Street, part of the façade of St. David's Hall was converted into store fronts to better blend with the facade of the Working Street entrance of St. David's Centre. Peacocks and Bon Marche currently occupy these new units along with a Costa Coffee shop.
  • The first Welsh branch of the John Lewis department store chain opened in 2009 and is the currently the largest John Lewis store in the UK outside London. The John Lewis department store opened four weeks before the St. David's Grand Arcade shopping area was opened.

St. David's second phase (St. David's 2)

Hayes Arcade
Grand Arcade
John Lewis
The multi-storey car park and entrance to Eastside

St. David's 2 has added an extra 967,500 sq ft (89,880 m2) of retail space[3] to the city centre, in addition to the 260,000 sq ft (24,000 m2) John Lewis department store,[3] 9 other large stores, and a further 90 smaller shops in a two-tiered shopping mall have been built.[3] It has also created 3,000 car parking spaces, new bars and restaurants plus the new 55,000 sq ft (5,100 m2) Central Library and 4,500 permanent jobs.[14] The development has included 2 new arcades; Grand Arcade and Hayes Arcade to reflect Cardiff's historical Victorian arcades.[15]

The project, that it set to make Cardiff one of the top five shopping destinations in the United Kingdom, topped out on 27 January 2009.[16] Many of the retailers in the second phase of the centre are new to Cardiff, and to Wales, in particular John Lewis, Apple, Hollister, and Ruby Tuesday. St David's is now one of the busiest shopping centres in the European Union, exceeding Birmingham's Bull Ring.

Cardiff Central Library

The new Central Library opened on 14 March 2009.[17] The former permanent Central Library was located a few hundred yards north of the present building and was knocked down to make way for the St. David's 2 development. The new library has six floors totalling and area of 55,000 square feet (5,100 m2) and 90,000 books. The building shares its ground floor with 3 restaurant units, Wagamama, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Carluccio's. The architect for the building was the Building Design Partnership.[4]


Main article: Alliance (sculpture)

Alliance is a 25 metres (82 ft) high sculpture in the The Hayes. The sculpture consists of a large stainless steel and enamelled metal arrow column and a hoop, which glows in the dark, and falls and rises with the tide.

The sculpture, paid for by the St David's shopping centre as part of a £1.5m public art scheme in the city centre, was installed in the space between the new mall and Cardiff Central Library.[18]

Hayes Apartments

Hayes Apartments, is part of St David's regeneration development by St David's Partnership - a joint venture between Land Securities and Capital Shopping Centres. It consists of 304 apartments above the shopping centre in seven blocks known as phases. The apartments are a mixture of studio flats and 1 and 2 bedroom apartments.[19] The architects for the residential Hayes Apartments were Glenn Howells Architects.[4] Hayes Apartments has private courtyard gardens designed by Hyland Edgar Driver and planted above the rooftop of the shopping centre.[20]

In summer 2010, the first residents moved into Hayes Apartments which was launched by an outdoor garden party on the development's private courtyard gardens.[21] Sales in the first two phases were announced as completed at the end of 2010 and sales began in the third phase, block 4, which is the largest block.[22] The development is due for completion in 2012.[23]

Logos and identity

Logos used at St. David's
The first phase logo
Logo used during construction of St. David's 2, the second phase
The initial "people" design
The final "dots" design introduced October 2009

Johnson Banks Design Ltd were commissioned by Capital Shopping Centres and Land Securities to provide a new logo and identity for the new St. David's shopping centre.

The overall identity is based on the thought that hundreds of thousands of people will gather and use the new centre as their meeting place, and our "people" diagrams swiftly became the beginnings of the entire scheme...The "people", simplified down to dots, become the linking element in a scheme that applies across a vast array of items, from fonts to symbols and images.[24]

—Johnson Banks, the logo designers

Air Design Ltd were commissioned to provide signage, environmental graphics and to design the new website for St David's,[25]

See also


External links

  • St. David’s official site
  • St. David’s phase 2 official site
  • Hayes Apartments official site

Coordinates: 51°28′51″N 3°10′32″W / 51.48083°N 3.17556°W / 51.48083; -3.17556

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