Tŷ Pont Haearn (English: 'Iron Bridge House') is a residential building and is also joint-fifth tallest building in Cardiff, Wales. It has been commercially rebranded by Liberty Living as "Liberty Bridge". The 21-storey building comprises 17 floors of 144 student flats on top of a four-storey public car park.[1]

Tŷ Pont Haearn
Tŷ Pont Haearn in 2017.JPG
Tŷ Pont Haearn
General information
LocationCardiff, Wales
AddressPellett Street, Cardiff city centre
Coordinates51°28′40″N 3°10′13″W / 51.4778°N 3.1702°W / 51.4778; -3.1702Coordinates: 51°28′40″N 3°10′13″W / 51.4778°N 3.1702°W / 51.4778; -3.1702
Current tenantsLiberty Living
Construction startedMarch 2004
CompletedSeptember 2005
Cost£19.7 million
ClientUNITE Group
OwnerLiberty Living
Height63 metres
Technical details
Floor count21
Design and construction
ArchitectWigley Fox Partnership
Civil engineerFaber Maunsell
Other designersBaris
Main contractorCarillion


The building was proposed in 2003. Construction began in 2004 and was completed in September 2005.[1]


The site was formerly a cold storage facility demolished into the basement of the building and capped as a surface car park, which meant Carillion had to undertake extensive groundworks prior to construction. The project was rendered more complex by its restricted city-centre location on a triangular site, with two sides bound by live railways and very narrow access via Pellett Street.[2]

Structure designEdit

The building has a piled structure and was constructed using traditional building techniques. UNITE sometimes uses modular construction methods on their projects, but this was unsuitable here due to the tight site constraints. The high-rise building has a repetitive design which meant the team became increasingly efficient at the process as the project progressed.[2]


During construction, subcontractor Baris installed 50,000 m2 of Knauf plasterboard and systems throughout. Up to 90% of the available wall space throughout Tŷ Pont Haearn has been fitted with 12.5 mm and 15 mm Soundshield fixed to 70mm 'C’-Studs and high performance Twin Frame Partitions to enhance sound reduction values. 12.5 mm Moistureshield is in place throughout all the wet areas of the building, providing protection in internal areas of high humidity, with Shaftwall used for the stairwells and lift shafts.[3]


On-time delivery of the project was achieved allowing the client to move in the students in time for the new academic year as planned. Handover took place on a Friday night and the students began moving in on Saturday, two days earlier than the scheduled Monday move-in date.[2]


Owned by Liberty Living, Tŷ Pont Haern accommodates 642 students in 144 flats, each with a communal kitchen.[3] The bedrooms are situated in apartments or clusters of three, four, five or six beds and there are also several larger premium bedrooms.[2] 629 students are housed in single study bedrooms and 14 in studio apartments. All rooms include an en-suite shower, toilet and washbasin plus data points for high-speed Internet access. All study bedrooms share a fully fitted kitchen and living area.[4]

Tŷ Pont Haearn is staffed with an on-site management and maintenance team, along with 24-hour security including a CCTV system monitoring the site, electronic entry systems to access the residence plus a manned reception area 24-hours a day. The residence also provides wheelchair access, a communal living area with Internet access and vending machine, an on-site laundry facility and bike storage.[4]


Tŷ Pont Haearn is in close proximity to higher educational establishments including Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan University. Located on Pellett Street in the heart of the city centre, the residence is close to Cardiff Central railway station.[4] and Cardiff International Arena. The residence is accessible from Junction 29 (Cardiff South) of the M4 motorway.[5]

Tŷ Pont Haearn is the most popular halls of residence for Atrium students due to its location directly opposite it. 350 bedrooms are specifically reserved for Atrium Students,[6] and 179 for UWIC students[7]

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