Maelfa Shopping Centre

Sector:       Retail
Client:         Cardiff Community Housing Association
Following 8+ years of debate the regeneration of the existing Maelfa Shopping Centre in Llanedeyrn, Cardiff, permission was granted for the works to proceed. Cardiff Community Housing Association (CCHA) developed the site and appointed a full design team to undertake the works.

The scheme

RPA worked closely with CCHA, Asbri planning and Austin Smith Lord Architects to ensure that this highly sensitive, ambitious project completed, ensuring that all the key requirements identified by the client and local residents were adhered to and incorporated in the design and the construction phase.


The works comprised of the phased demolition of the existing Maelfa Shopping Centre and the subsequent design and construction of a 3-storey mixed use block comprising of 9 Nr. Retail units on the ground floor, comprising a NISA Store and 8 Individual independent units of various uses, including a hairdressers, small convenience store, post office, fish & chip store, fast food outlet, nail bar and charity shop.


On the first and second floors 22 Nr 1 Bed Apartments and 16 Nr. 2 Bed Apartments, a Service / Delivery Yard, Bike & Bin Stores, a Retail Car Park, Public Square and 6 Nr 4 Bedroom 7 Person Townhouses, 10 Nr 3 Bedroom 5 Person Townhouses, Section 278 works to Llanedyrn Drive, together with drainage works/diversions and mains service connections/ diversions, including any adoptions required to provide a fully completed development.

The scheme was subject to intense design and costing exercises, in which RPA were heavily involved, to ensure that the scheme was viable and still offered value for money against the original key objectives of the project.

A large part of the project was to integrate with the local community due to the sensitivity of the development. This led to the Principal Contractor and Design Team having to hold regular workshops with the local community and ensuring that a robust programme for the use of apprentices is applied to offer as much opportunity to the local community as possible.


Maelfa Case Study