Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
Cardiff City Council
Hyland Edgar Driver
Bellitalia Giove marble concrete planters; Giove planters with RhinoGuard 75/50 Planter Frame; Escofet Socrates Bench; Woodhouse Geo seating
Cardiff City Council commissioned a major development scheme to help boost shopping facilities and tourism in the city. The project was focused around the redevelopment and extension of the St David's Shopping Centre in the heart of the city centre, one of the main retail areas in the Welsh capital. The vision was to create a unique shopping, leisure, cultural and tourist destination, in order to establish Cardiff as the gateway to Wales and a leading European destination.
The project involved the construction of a £675m extension to the original St David’s Shopping Centre and consisted of two key development phases. The initial phase was the new St David’s Centre, adjoining St David’s Hall. The second phase involved the construction of three main buildings; a new main shopping area, central library, and Wales’ first John Lewis store.
A key element of the Council’s overall development masterplan for the centre was to improve the function, character and quality of the public spaces around the shopping centre. This was to be achieved with significant investment in the surrounding public realm, bringing a cosmopolitan look and feel to the city centre.
Marshalls was later approached again by Cardiff Council to discuss physical security requirements for another site within the city centre. Following consultation with the Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), the council was advised to introduce security measures to BSI PAS 68 standards throughout the city, to provide adequate protection against potential vehicle-borne terrorist attacks. To meet the requirements, products would need to be capable of resisting an impact from a 7.5 tonne 2-axle lorry traveling at 50mph.
The Giove planter has a 501L capacity, and is manufactured from marble concrete. The planter is finished using a unique polishing process to leave a smooth, sleek finish which is then treated with a protective varnish to provide a glossy, polished effect.
To be able to introduce tree planting into the area, Hyland Edgar Driver commissioned a bespoke solution for Cardiff City Council. They requested the bespoke design of a larger version of the Giove planter to co-ordinate with other planters around the site, whilst providing the capacity required to accommodate the rootball of a tree. Marshalls liaised with Bellitalia, who provided a design for the architect’s approval, then set about ordering the mould for the larger 2000mm-diameter and 1100mm-high planter.
An initial 10 Giove large planters were supplied to the St David’s site, although the Council has since placed an order for a further eight Giove large planters to enhance other the city centre areas. To provide visitors with adequate rest areas around the shopping centre, seating was provided by Woodhouse, a sister company of Marshalls Street Furniture specialising in premium co-ordinated ranges of street furniture and architectural lighting.
Contemporary Geo seats were specified for use around the St David’s Centre, and installed in between the Giove large planters.
Marshalls was able to provide an innovative solution to the counter-terrorism requirements. Utilising the capabilities and expertise of Marshalls’ highly specialised RhinoGuard PAS 68 design team, a high-strength steel frame was developed that could be incorporated into Giove large polished concrete planters to protect a critical site in the city centre.
The Giove was fitted with the RhinoGuard 75/50 frame and crash-tested using a 7.5 tonne N3 vehicle traveling at 50mph, bringing the vehicle to a complete stop.
Following completion of the St David’s project, the shopping centre is now the eleventh largest in the UK, with an expected average footfall of 33 million visitors each year. The street furniture specified gives the surrounding public space an attractive, cosmopolitan look, which remains sympathetic to the historic architecture surrounding the modern St David’s centre.
Use of the Giove large planter provides an ideal solution for tree planting in an urban street scene, which is proven to show many benefits. Many studies have shown natural landscaping to have a positive impact on well-being, with benefits to both physical and mental health being attributed to spending time in green spaces.
The enhancements to the shopping centre and surrounding area have gained international recognition for Cardiff. St David’s was crowned international shopping centre of the year by Global Retail Leisure International, beating competition in Portugal and Singapore.
By incorporating the RhinoGuard 75/50 Planter Frame into the Giove large planter, the City Council is also able to integrate assured counter-terrorism security into the Cardiff street scene, safeguarding against vehicle-borne attacks without sacrificing design quality.