£16m Cardiff Ice Arena Construction Approved

Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Planning has been approved for construction of a £16m 3,000-seat ice arena at Cardiff Bay’s International Sports Village. Building is now expected to get underway in August and developer Greenbank Partnership Ltd hopes that the metal-clad ‘Ice Arena of Wales’, which will have two ice pads, will open late next year. The two-storey venue, which will feature a Cardiff Devils shop, cafes and viewing galleries, will employ 90 staff including workers at the temporary rink it replaces.


It forms the first phase of a much larger £250m scheme, which includes a 250m snow indoor ski slope, built above a 1,300-space multi-storey car park and shopping centre. Further phases also include a 32-storey landmark tower, luxury hotel and flats. Work on the first phase will include two ice pads with the main rink measuring 60m by 30m that will be used to stage Cardiff Devils matches and a second pad measuring 56m by 27m.


The larger ice pad, which measures 60-metres by 30-metres, will stage Cardiff Devils matches, as well as other sports events, such as masters tennis, and concerts. When not staging events, the main rink will be open to the public for skating, as will the smaller 54-metres by 27-metres ice pad.


Jonathan Smith, of Greenbank Partnership, said it would take a “significant time” to recoup the £16m cost, but the commercial elements in later phases, including 11,000sqm of shops, would help. “We’re determined it will make a difference to winter sports in Cardiff by getting more young people involved, not just in ice hockey, but in sports such as curling and speed skating,” he said.


Yesterday’s decision also granted outline planning permission for later phases in the £250m ISV scheme. This includes a 250-metre real-snow indoor ski slope, which will be built on top of a 1,300-space multi-storey car park and 115-bedroom budget hotel. A 400ft-tall, 32-storey landmark tower containing an art gallery, 60-bed luxury hotel, 62 flats and roof top viewing gallery and “winter garden” is also planned.


Lancashire-based Greenbank Partnerships is also behind the Cardiff Pointe residential development, which will rise up on land neighbouring the winter sports complex. Construction of the first 100 units starts late next month after a legal agreement was recently signed with the council. Almost 800 homes are planned, including 18 waterside “executive” houses and two landmark towers, standing 23 and 27 storeys high, that will “cantilever” over the water.