By Kate Madley

The first stage of the multi-million pound development, Cardiff Pointe, was launched at the International Sports Village yesterday (22 May).

To mark the start of the latest project in Cardiff Bay, Cardiff Council Leader, Heather Joyce, was joined by business and community members at the Cardiff Pointe site.

“It is a fantastic investment in our city and will undoubtedly make a massive contribution to Cardiff’s economy, and make Cardiff a truly international city that is open for business,” said Councillor Joyce.

The project, which is being developed by Greenbank Partnerships and its subsidiary companies, Helium Miracle 113 and Figurehead Homes, will see a new Olympic standard, twin pad ice arena with at Cardiff’s International Sports Village. The 3,000-seater venue will be home to the Cardiff Devils ice hockey team and will be open to the public for skating and other sporting events.

Further benefits include a £200m sustainable residential quarter on the Grangetown peninsula. The scheme, which was granted planning permission in March 2013, will also consist of around 800 new homes. Kier Construction will be developing a mixture of three and four-storey mews townhouses and apartments, as well as ten luxury five bedroom detached family homes, and two apartment towers. In addition to this, 160 affordable housing units are being built on sites nearby.

Councillor Joyce continued: “This development will not only look fantastic but will also create thousands of jobs, attracts tens of thousands more visitors to the city and provide homes – including affordable homes – for people in Cardiff.

“The end results will be state-of-the-art facilities that everyone can use, including, crucially, two ice rinks which will provide a new home for the Cardiff Devils and offer people a range of winter sports to try out. This will go a long way to enhancing Cardiff’s reputation as a world class sporting capital city.”

Future stages of development at the International Sports Village will include a 150m indoor ski-slope; one of the world’s largest indoor snow play centres; a stunning mixed-use tower that will be the tallest in Wales; gallery space; a hotel, retail outlets, housing and office accommodation.

The development is being built by Greenbank Partnerships and its subsidiary companies, Helium Miracle 113 and Figurehead Homes.

Jonathan Smith, director at Helium Miracle 113, said: “We are immensely proud of the Sports Village’s design and content, which follows the high standard set by the Cardiff Pointe residential quarter.

“We believe the new facilities will strengthen Cardiff’s reputation as a forward-thinking, cosmopolitan centre of sports, culture and housing. The benefits to the area will be enormous and tangible: not only will Wales gain a Centre of Excellence for Winter Sports, available to professionals and the public alike, but we will be extending both Cardiff’s tourism season and catchment area; and employing, conservatively, over 1,600 people from the local area.”