City Centre Recovery – Castle Quarter – Cardiff Council
Posted on 6th October, 2020
Cardiff Council has delivered an innovative new public space and outdoor seating area, the ‘Castle Quarter,’ to support local hospitality businesses in the city centre and allow residents to socialise safely during the recovery period.
Covid-19 has had a significant impact on Cardiff’s economy. The UK and Welsh Government lockdowns required the vast majority of businesses, particularly in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, to shut down temporarily. The Council had already been preparing city centre interventions to improve air quality, so with Covid-19, it saw an opportunity to integrate its ambitions for better air quality and more active travel with the need to support local businesses in the recovery period. With extensive experience of hosting large-scale events and the temporary measures required in the city centre to support them, the Council was able to draw on existing knowledge and expertise to deliver infrastructure and associated measures in a very short timescale.