Cardiff City Centre – St Mary’s Street, CF10


IOTA was commissioned by Cardiff Council to supply bespoke Steel street planters for St Mary Street, at the heart of the Castle Quarter of Cardiff city centre.

The planters are spread along the bustling, pedestrianised section of St Mary Street, leading from the gatehouse of Cardiff Castle.

The large, conical shaped planters were manufactured in three sizes with heights 800/1200/1600mm respectively, all with a top diameter of 1000mm. All planters are designed with channels in the base to allow them to be moved by fork lift or pallet truck. 1.4003-grade Stainless Steel was used – a grade of Stainless Steel which offers significant benefits for use in public realm, as discussed here: 1.4003-grade Stainless Steel – The Unique Advantages >>. The powder coat finish was a special anti-graffiti formulation to RAL 7015 [Slate grey].

Planters of an imposing scale, in clusters of different heights, luxuriously planted, can be a very effective way to give a sense of place to large, expansive public areas. In addition to Cardiff City Centre, this strategy has also been used to great effect in these further projects: QUAKERS FRIARS, BRISTOL and WESTFIELD STRATFORD CITY.

Sector Public sector
Sub-sector Public realm & streetscape
Services provided Design Manufacture Supply
Year completed 2022
Contractor / Client Cardiff Council

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