Delivering a Liveable City Vision

Liveable Cardiff

‘Go Cardiff’ was the headline in the South Wales Echo as we launched our first Liveable City Report, comparing the performance of Cardiff with other major UK cities, at the Cardiff Convention discussing the future of the city.

The report is a fascinating insight into life in Cardiff and shows that the city is performing well in many areas and that there is much to be proud of.


The video below also provides a snapshot of what is in the report and what makes Cardiff such a great place to live, work and visit.

But what does being a liveable city mean? Liveability is about being a great place to work and do business; a city where having a great career or a great quality of life is not an ‘either/or’ question, and where there are opportunities for all, regardless of a persons background.

Some headlines in the report include that:

  • Cardiff is safe – total crime has almost halved over the last 10 years
  • Cardiff is a green city -we recycle almost 50% of our waste, way ahead of other major cities- recycling twice as much as Liverpool
  • Cardiff is healthy – we are living about 5 years longer than we did 20 years ago. In fact, women in Cardiff live longer than in any other major British city!
  • Cardiff is highly skilled – only Edinburgh has fewer people with no qualifications or more people with a degree level qualification

We know that people love Cardiff. But if we want to build on our success we need to understand our strengths and weaknesses. Yes, there are issues we need to address, and areas we need to improve, but overall the picture is of a city that is performing well compared to other major British cities and where residents enjoy living. Read the report and see for yourself.

The Cardiff Convention

The city recently hosted the second Cardiff Convention which brought together some of Cardiff’s brightest talents as well as international experts in city development, to help us achieve our vision of becoming Europe’s most liveable capital city. Whilst our Liveable City Report gives us an indication of our current strengths and weaknesses, the Cardiff Convention is an opportunity to work out what Cardiff needs to do next to deliver our vision.

Chaired by Terry Stevens, Managing Director of Stevens & Associates (a multi-award winning international tourism consultancy), and held just before World Cities Day, the Convention included speakers from Austin, Belfast and Copenhagen.

With the Chair, Terry Stevens, and other speakers at the Cardiff Convention

With the Chair, Terry Stevens, and other speakers at the Cardiff Convention

I opened the Convention by launching the Liveable City Report and discussed how it provides a platform to build on our strengths, address our weaknesses, and take action in order to deliver our city vision.

PB Convention

It was a really interesting day – thank you to all who spoke and attended – you can follow the day’s events on Twitter by checking out the #cdffuture. The team are currently developing a video from the event and drafting a report capturing the outcomes of the day which will be shared more widely in due course.

Central Square

One of the major ways in which we are going to deliver our vision is through projects such as the redevelopment of Central Square.

Following the positive news about Legal & General’s £400m investment in the Central Square redevelopment, which will be one of the premier business locations in the city and a fitting gateway to the Welsh Capital and the wider Cardiff Capital Region, I’d like to bring you a bit more information.

Transport interchange

The project will move forward in five phases over the next 3 years, incorporating a mix of office, hotel and residential accommodation and an excellent retail offering, with the delivery of a new transport interchange. You can read all about the proposals on the Central Square Cardiff website, which has a wealth of information about the masterplan for the redevelopment.