List of tallest buildings and structures in Cardiff

Meridian Gate (left) and Altolusso (right)

This list of the tallest buildings in Cardiff, the capital of Wales, 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 Bridge Street Exchange at 85m. It replaced Capital Tower which, at 80m, had been the tallest building in Cardiff since 1967.

Cardiff Council considers a tall building within the city centre and Cardiff Bay to be 8 storeys or more or from 25 m (82 ft) in height.[3]

Buildings and structures in CardiffEdit

This list comprises the tallest current standing buildings and structures.

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Rank Name Height (m) Height (ft) Floors Year Use Location Source Image Notes
1 Principality Stadium 90 300 7 1999 Sports stadium 51°28′41″N 3°10′57″W / 51.4781°N 3.1826°W / 51.4781; -3.1826 (Principality Stadium) [4]   90 m is the height of the four structural spires.
2 Bridge Street Exchange 85 279 26 2018 Residential 51°28′49″N 3°10′20″W / 51.4802°N 3.1722°W / 51.4802; -3.1722 (Bridge Street Exchange) [5][6][7]   Student accommodation
3 Capital Tower 80 262 25 1967 Office 51°28′58″N 3°10′39″W / 51.4829°N 3.1776°W / 51.4829; -3.1776 (Capital Tower) [8]   Until 2018, the tallest building in Cardiff to the top of the roof (architectural feature).
4 Stadium House 78 256 17 1976/2002 Office 51°28′40″N 3°10′50″W / 51.4778°N 3.1806°W / 51.4778; -3.1806 (Stadium House) [9]   With the 'spire' structure (added in 2002), the height is 125 metres (410 ft), the highest point in central Cardiff.
5 HM Government Offices 73 239 18 1969 Office 51°31′36″N 3°11′54″W / 51.5267°N 3.1982°W / 51.5267; -3.1982 (HM Government Offices) [10][11]   In Llanishen, a suburb of north Cardiff.
6 Altolusso 72 236 23 2005 Residential 51°28′39″N 3°10′21″W / 51.4775°N 3.1725°W / 51.4775; -3.1725 (Altolusso) [12]  
7 Tŷ Pont Haearn 63 207 21 2005 Residential 51°28′41″N 3°10′21″W / 51.4780°N 3.1725°W / 51.4780; -3.1725 (Ty Pont Haearn) [13]   Student accommodation
8 Meridian Gate 63 207 21 2009 Hotel 51°28′36″N 3°10′25″W / 51.4768°N 3.1737°W / 51.4768; -3.1737 (Meridian Gate) [14]  
9 Tŷ Admiral 61 203 14 2015 Office 51°28′46″N 3°10′22″W / 51.4795°N 3.1728°W / 51.4795; -3.1728 (Ty Admiral) [15]   Not to be confused with Admiral House.
Designed by Glenn Howells Architects at a cost of £58 million.
10 Holland House 60.3 198 15 1968 (Renovated 2004)[16] Hotel 51°29′01″N 3°10′02″W / 51.4836°N 3.1672°W / 51.4836; -3.1672 (Holland House) [17]   Converted office block
11 Llandaff Cathedral 59.40 195 1290 Cathedral 51°29′45″N 3°13′05″W / 51.4958°N 3.2180°W / 51.4958; -3.2180 (Llandaff Cathedral) [18]  
12 Cardiff City Hall Clock Tower 59 194 1905 Civic building 51°29′06″N 3°10′45″W / 51.4850°N 3.1792°W / 51.4850; -3.1792 (Cardiff City Hall Clock Tower) [19]  
13 Helmont House 58 190 12 1984 Office / Hotel 51°28′52″N 3°10′17″W / 51.4810°N 3.1713°W / 51.4810; -3.1713 (Helmont House) [20]  
14 Brunel House 58 190 16 1974[21] Office 51°28′56″N 3°10′11″W / 51.4823°N 3.1698°W / 51.4823; -3.1698 (Brunel House) [22]   Originally called Great Western House, headquarters for the Western Region of British Rail.[23]
15 Admiral House 55 180 16 2006 (Renovated) Residential 51°29′03″N 3°09′56″W / 51.4842°N 3.1656°W / 51.4842; -3.1656 (Admiral House) [24]   Not to be confused with Tŷ Admiral
16 Landmark Place 51 167 17 2004 Residential / Retail 51°28′53″N 3°10′17″W / 51.4815°N 3.1713°W / 51.4815; -3.1713 (Landmark Place) [25]  
17 Cardiff University Tower Building 50 164 12 University 51°29′20″N 3°10′51″W / 51.4888°N 3.1808°W / 51.4888; -3.1808 (Cardiff University Tower Building) [26]  
18 Celestia 48 158 2007 Residential 51°27′51″N 3°09′32″W / 51.4643°N 3.1590°W / 51.4643; -3.1590 (Celestia) [27]  
19 Southgate House 48 157 13 1978 Office / Retail 51°28′40″N 3°10′45″W / 51.4778°N 3.1792°W / 51.4778; -3.1792 (Southgate House) [28]   Twin tower office block comprising one block 13 storeys and one block of 11 storeys
20 Loudoun House 47 154 16 1964 Residential 51°28′12″N 3°10′13″W / 51.4699°N 3.1703°W / 51.4699; -3.1703 (Loudoun House) [29]  
21 Nelson House 47 154 16 1964 Residential 51°28′12″N 3°10′15″W / 51.4701°N 3.1709°W / 51.4701; -3.1709 (Nelson House) [30]  
22 ISIS 3D 46 151 15 2007 Residential 51°28′03″N 3°10′29″W / 51.4675°N 3.1747°W / 51.4675; -3.1747 (ISIS 3D) [31]  
23 NPI House 46 151 12 University 51°29′02″N 3°09′58″W / 51.4840°N 3.1661°W / 51.4840; -3.1661 (NPI House) [32]  
24 Eastgate House 46 151 14 1969 Office 51°29′06″N 3°09′57″W / 51.4851°N 3.1658°W / 51.4851; -3.1658 (Eastgate House) [33]  
25 The Aspect 45 148 15 1960s, renovated 2003 Residential / Retail 51°28′58″N 3°10′16″W / 51.4827°N 3.1710°W / 51.4827; -3.1710 (The Aspect) [34]   Converted office block
26 Century Wharf: Strata 45 148 15 2009 Residential 51°28′05″N 3°10′34″W / 51.4681°N 3.1761°W / 51.4681; -3.1761 (Century Wharf: Strata) [35]  
27 The Neighbourhood 45 148 11 Residential / Retail 51°29′10″N 3°09′58″W / 51.4860°N 3.1662°W / 51.4860; -3.1662 (The Neighbourhood) [36][37][38]   Former City Road campus of Coleg Glan Hafren, converted in 2016 into a student accommodation and a coffee shop.
28 Marriott Hotel 43 141 12 1986 Hotel 51°28′38″N 3°10′31″W / 51.4771°N 3.1752°W / 51.4771; -3.1752 (Marriott Hotel) [39]  
29 Channel View Flats 42 138 14 1965 Residential 51°27′30″N 3°10′57″W / 51.4582°N 3.1824°W / 51.4582; -3.1824 (Channel View Flats) [40]   In Grangetown, a district of south Cardiff.
30 Cardiff Castle Clock Tower 40 131 7 1873 Monument 51°28′53″N 3°10′55″W / 51.4813°N 3.182°W / 51.4813; -3.182 (Cardiff Castle Clock Tower) [41]  
31 Clayton Hotel 37 123 12 2011[42] Hotel 51°28′34″N 3°10′36″W / 51.4761°N 3.1767°W / 51.4761; -3.1767 (Clayton Hotel) [43][42]   Formerly the Maldron Hotel. Completed May 2011 on the site of the Central Hotel.

Under construction or approved for constructionEdit

This list comprises buildings which are either under construction or approved for construction (February 2017).

Rank Name Height (m) Height (ft) Floors Year (Proposal) Year (Construction/Completion) Use Status Source Image
1 Custom House Street Tower 132 433 42 2016 2017 Student accommodation Approved [44]
2 Bayscape at Cardiff Marina 127 417 30 2005 Not known Hotel / Residential Approved [45]
3 Capital Quarter 25 2017 (construction started) Student accommodation Approved [46]

Proposed developmentsEdit

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 [47]
2 Sports Village Tower 2 85 279 28 2005 Residential Pre planning [48]
3 Sports Village Casino and Hotel Tower 1 75 246 21 Hotel Pre planning [49]
4 Capital Quarter 67 220 16 2009 Office / Retail Proposed [50]
5 Sports Village Tower 3 64 210 21 2005 Residential Pre planning [51]
6 Adam Street Development Block 1 54 177 13 2005 Residential Pre planning [52]
7 Adam Street Development Block 2 54 177 13 2005 Residential Pre planning [53]
8 Sports Village Casino and Hotel Tower 2 54 177 15 Hotel Pre planning [54]
9 Adam Street Development Block 3 52 171 11 2005 Residential Pre planning [55]
10 Cambrian Marina Tower 1 45 148 15 2007 Residential Pre planning [56]
11 Cambrian Marina Tower 2 45 148 15 2007 Office Pre planning [57]
12 Residential Tower, Westgate Street 44 144 14 Residential / Retail Pre planning [58]

Cancelled developmentsEdit

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 [59]
2 Capitol Apartments 75 246 25 2008 Residential [60]

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See alsoEdit

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