List of tallest buildings and structures in Cardiff

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Meridian Gate (left) and Altolusso (right)

This is a list of the tallest buildings in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. Cardiff's skyline includes buildings ranging from the ornate civic centre to the historic Cardiff Castle, whose clock tower is the oldest building on this list.

The city's growth is reflected in its growing skyline.[1] As is the case with many British cities, some of Cardiff's skyline comprises 1960s and 1970s residential and commercial tower blocks. However, current development trends for high-rise buildings include upmarket apartments and office space.

Cardiff is the largest city in Wales and has the most tall buildings in the country.[2] The city currently has three buildings under construction taller than 100 metres. Currently, the tallest building in Cardiff is Capital Tower at 80 m (262 ft).

Tallest buildings and structures in Cardiff[edit]

This list comprises the tallest current standing buildings and structures.

Rank Name Height (m) Height (ft) Floors Year Use Location Source Image Comment
1 Stadium House 120 400 17 1979/2002 Office Location Source Stadium House Park Street Cardiff.jpg Without the additional 'spire' structure (added 2002), the building height is 78m (256 feet). This building has the highest point in Cardiff.
2 Millennium Stadium 90 300 7 1999 Sports stadium Location Source Millennium Stadium North.jpg 90m is the height of the four structural spires.
3 Capital Tower 80 262 25 1967 Office Location Source Capital Tower, Cardiff.jpg This building is the tallest building in Cardiff to the top of the roof (architectural feature).
4 HM Government Offices 73 239 18 - Government / Office Location Source Government Buildings Llanishen Cardiff.JPG
5 Altolusso 72 236 23 2005 Residential Location Source Altolusso Cardiff.JPG
6 Tŷ Pont Haearn 63 207 21 2005 Residential Location Source Ty Pont Haern Cardiff.JPG
6 Meridian Gate 63 207 21 2009 Hotel Location Source Meridian Gate Cardiff.JPG
8 Holland House 60 197 15 2004 (Renovated) Hotel Location Source Mercure Holland House Cardiff.JPG
9 Llandaff Cathedral 59.40 195 1290 Cathedral Location Source Llandaff Cathedral2.jpg
10 Cardiff City Hall Clock Tower 59 194 1905 Civic building Location Source Cardiff tower.jpg
11 Helmont House 58 190 12 1984 Office / Hotel Location Source Helmont House Cardiff.JPG
11 Brunel House 58 190 16 - Office Location Source Brunel House Cardiff.JPG
13 Admiral House 55 180 16 2006 (Renovated) Residential Location Source Admiral House Cardiff.JPG
14 Landmark Place 51 167 17 2004 Residential / Retail Location Source Landmark Place Cardiff.JPG
15 Tower Building 50 164 12 - University Location Source Tower Building, Cathays Park.JPG
16 Celestia 158 Residential [ Location] [ Source] Celestia, Cardiff Bay.jpg
17 Southgate House 48 157 13 1978 Office / Retail Location Source Southgate House.JPG
18 Loudoun House 47 154 16 1964 Residential Location Source Loudoun House, Butetown.jpg
18 Nelson House 47 154 16 1964 Residential Location Source Nelson House, Butetown.jpg
20 ISIS 3D 46 151 15 2007 Residential Source ISIS 3D Cardiff.jpg
20 NPI House 46 151 12 - University Location Source Old NPI Building, Newport Road, Cardiff.jpg
20 Eastgate House 46 151 14 1969 Office Location Source Eastgate House Cardiff.JPG
23 The Aspect 45 148 15 2003 (Renovated) Residential / Retail Location Source The Aspect Cardiff.JPG
23 Century Wharf: Strata 45 148 15 2009 Residential Location Source Century Wharf, Cardiff.jpg
23 Coleg Glan Hafen, City Road Campus 45 148 11 - Education Location Source Coleg Glan Hafen City Road Cardiff.JPG
26 Marriott Hotel 43 141 12 - Hotel Location Source Cardiff Marriott.JPG
27 Channel View Flats 42 138 14 - Residential Location Source
28 Cardiff Castle Clock Tower 40 131 7 1873 Monument Location Source Cardiff Castle clock tower.jpg
29 Maldron Hotel 37 123 12 2011[3] Hotel Location Source Maldron Hotel, Cardiff (June 2014).JPG Completed May 2011 on site of old Central Hotel.[3]

Tallest future developments[edit]

This list comprises buildings which are under construction or approved for construction (April 2010).

Rank Name Height (m) Height (ft) Floors Year (Proposal) Year (Construction/Completion) Use Status Source
1 Bayscape at Cardiff Marina 127 417 30 2005 2012 (Estimated Completion) Hotel / Residential Approved Source
2 Glass Needle 1 108 353 32 2004 2007 (Construction Began) Residential / Retail Approved Source
3 Capital Quarter 67 220 16 2009 2013 ( construction started) Office / Retail Proposed Source
4 Glass Needle 2 66 217 22 2006 2007 (Construction Began) Residential / Retail Approved Source
5 Admiral HQ 61 203 14 2010 2013 (construction began) Office Under construction
6 Glass Needle 3 60 197 20 2006 2007 (Construction Began) Residential / Retail Approved Source
7 Prospect Place Block T 57 187 19 2008 2013 (Construction Began) Residential Under Construction www.skyscrapernews.com
8 Celestia Tower 1 48 157 16 - 2005 (Construction Began) Residential Under Construction Source
9 Celestia Tower 2 48 157 16 - 2005 (Construction Began) Residential Under Construction Source

Tallest proposed developments[edit]

This list comprises buildings which are not yet approved for construction (April 2010).

Rank Name Height (m) Height (ft) Floors Proposal Date Use Status Source
1 Sports Village Tower 1 114 374 36 2005 Residential Pre planning Source
2 Sports Village Tower 2 85 279 28 2005 Residential Pre planning Source
3 Sports Village Casino and Hotel Tower 1 75 246 21 - Hotel Pre planning Source
4 Capital Quarter 67 220 16 2009 Office / Retail Proposed Source
5 Sports Village Tower 3 64 210 21 2005 Residential Pre planning Source
6 Adam Street Development Block 1 54 177 13 2005 Residential Pre planning Source
7 Adam Street Development Block 2 54 177 13 2005 Residential Pre planning Source
8 Sports Village Casino and Hotel Tower 2 54 177 15 - Hotel Pre planning Source
9 Adam Street Development Block 3 52 171 11 2005 Residential Pre planning Source
10 Cambrian Marina Tower 1 45 148 15 2007 Residential Pre planning Source
11 Cambrian Marina Tower 2 45 148 15 2007 Office Pre planning Source
12 Residential Tower, Westgate Street 44 144 14 - Residential / Retail Pre planning Source

Tallest cancelled developments[edit]

This list comprises buildings which were planned for construction but later cancelled (April 2010).

Rank Name Height (m) Height (ft) Floors Proposal Date Use Source
1 Bay Pointe 122.8 403 33 2008 Residential Source
2 Capitol Apartments 75 246 25 2008 Residential Source

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cardiff - A Capital City". Cardiff University. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  2. ^ "Skyscrapernews.com Wales". Skyscrapernews. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  3. ^ a b Kathryn Williams, New hotel opens in Cardiff, South Wales Echo, 26 May 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-21.

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