Cardiff Gate Retail Park - GreenBlue Urban
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Cardiff Gate Retail Park


Cardiff is the capital city and one of the principal areas of Wales and is the eleventh largest city in the United Kingdom. Cardiff’s history as a port for coal when mining began in the region of Cardiff Bay helping the city expand its fortune and trade.

Cardiff is home to a variety of GreenBlue projects that we are proud to have worked on such as; BBC Drama village, Greener Grangetown, Glossop Street and Havelock Street.

Our latest case study is at Cardiff Gate Retail Park, a business park development located on Junction 30 of the M4 motorway on the North East of Cardiff, South Wales. Situated close to residential development, the retailers with outlets in the park have a large amount of loyal local customers visiting the superstores such as Asda, B&Q and several home furniture stores. This retail park also provides secure 24hour parking for HGV’s and a large car park for vehicles.

Cardiff Gate is a fantastic success story, the trees are thriving by being planted in the GreenBlue Urban StrataCell system. It is fascinating to see all cars that park here voluntarily park beneath the shade of the trees canopy. The benefits of trees in retail car parks are extremely important in both hot summer weather and rainy days and have enhanced Cardiff Gates net gain proving their cost-benefit.

With a 1 cell deep, 4x4 single tree pit trench designed creatively by Landscape Architects Coscadden Associates, these trees have been able to grow to maturity with maximum rooting volume.

The StrataCell’s have an extraordinary high weight loading capacity enabling vehicular overrun and therefore was the ideal soil cell product for this type of scheme.

In 2015, GreenBlue were pleased to attend the site and assist the contractors of Churngold Construction during the installation. Visiting the site 6 years later proves that GreenBlue’s ethos in allowing trees to grow to maturity in a good natural growing medium works and is evidenced within their long term case studies.