Cardiff City to Bay: Blue Line – McGregor Coxall Designs Masterplan

In June 2021 WyrdTree teamed up with McGregor Coxall‘s Bristol Studio in order to communicate the visual design of the proposed Blue Line through a hero aerial shot.

The Blue Line is a visionary blue green masterplan delivered by Cardiff Council and McGregor Coxall as part of a wider regeneration project.

McGregor Coxall is a prestigious Australian Landscape Architecture collective committed to shaping prosperous cities and environments. Their international team provides services through Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Environment and Biourbanism Research.

The Bristol branch is their first location in England.  The studio is based in the city centre at Beacon Tower, thriving with creative businesses and situated within walking distance of Temple Meads station which runs high-speed trains to London and all other major cities within the UK.

The following paragraphs describe the concept behind the Blue Line and they are quoted from the landscape architect’s website:

Cardiff, the capital and largest city in Wales, commissioned McGregor Coxall to design a ‘Blue Line’, a transformational grey to blue-green infrastructure project in its downtown. The concept replaces Lloyd George Avenue, an unremarkable vehicular street, with a 1km linear canal and park. The new blue-green infrastructure provides impetus for regeneration of the surrounding urban fabric by increasing healthy access to public open space, leisure activities, and water in the city centre.

Inspired by local dockland heritage and the Bute Town ‘Water’ Square, a reinstated canal is established as the defining feature of a new meandering, linear park. The canal is located on a former waterway that was infilled for roads and reinstates ecological function to the corridor. The new canal will perform an urban water management role, improving water quality and enhancing biodiversity.

Major trees and public transport were retained, and new marine transport introduced. A significant new public domain of terraced urban steps, plazas, and artworks is proposed to encourage micro-businesses to flourish. The ‘Blue Line’ is planned to emerge as Cardiff’s 21st century central park. Four new bridges traverse the canal park, book-ended by public gathering spaces that form gateways to and from the adjacent metro line and neighbourhood.

 

Cardiff City to Bay: Blue Line – McGregor Coxall