Caerphilly Reveals New Market Identity as Initial Work Begins on the 2035 Regeneration Plan

May 16, 2023

Caerphilly Council unveils finalised renderings and branding of new market as the ambitious redevelopment of the town takes shape.

Caerphilly County Borough Council have announced further information around the branding of the first of their regeneration projects, Ffos Caerffili, a modern market which is the first major project as part of the wider Caerphilly 2035 masterplan, with funding support from Welsh Government’s Transforming Town’s initiative.

The new space has been lovingly named Ffos Caerffili, which translates to ‘moat’ in English, reflecting the town’s rich heritage and iconic medieval fortress that is Caerphilly castle. Ffos Caerffili will celebrate Caerphilly’s vibrant history and local community spirit. Ffos Caerffili will be located on Cardiff Road, connecting it conveniently to the High Street and the park. The development will be a unique space to shop, work and gather with friends and family, as well as somewhere to soak up the views over the castle and the rest of the town centre.

Built from shipping containers, Ffos Caerffili will be an eco-friendly, fresh, modern, multifunctional space; home to a mix of twenty-eight eateries, independent shops and workspaces. In addition to the commercial units, Ffos Caerffili will feature an external terrace allowing for outdoor dining and space for outdoor music concerts and events. Expanding Caerphilly’s cultural offering will be a priority for the entire development project, creating a place for visitors to work, socialize, and relax.

The market is set to open in early 2024, with building work beginning this spring. Caerphilly Town 2035 will make Caerphilly a better place to live, work and visit. Ffos Caerffili will create an exciting focal point within the town, bringing with it a welcome change of pace.

Artist renderings below show the interpretation of Ffos Caerffili and new colour scheme –

 

Images from Stride Architectural Design

 

Deputy leader of the council, Councillor James Pritchard said:

 “Ffos Caerffili will be a place that celebrates the spirit of small businesses and local traders. A community-minded market offering delicious culinary experiences and a welcome change of pace.   

“We’re all really excited to see the Caerphilly 2035 project begin to come to life and our latest CGIs share our vision for the look and feel for the market. The realisation of Ffos Caerffili will provide a place for our citizens to meet, shop and work, while building more reasons to visit the town.”

Caerphilly County Borough council is working closely with Welsh Government and a range of other partners to deliver the ambitious multi-million-pound blueprint for the town called the Caerphilly 2035 Place Making Programme.

Minister for Climate Change, Julie James said:

 

“Through our Transforming Towns programme, we are providing £100 million between 2022 and 2025 to further support the economic and social recovery of our town and city centres across Wales and our Town Centre First policy, embedded in Wales’ national development plan Future Wales, means that town and city centre sites should be the first consideration for all decisions on the location of workplaces and services.”

For more details visit the dedicated website: https://www.caerphillytown2035.co.uk/

 

When will work begin on the market?

Caerphilly Council are currently in discussions with contractors. Once contracts are confirmed we can give a detailed timeline, currently, work is due to begin in the early summer of this year with dates looking likely for May – June.

How do businesses apply to be placed in the market?

 The site designed to host 28 local traders in an exciting, modern space. As we develop Ffos Caerffili, we are keen to receive expressions of interest from local traders looking to secure a stall. Caerphilly 2035’s website is under development and will soon have contact information that will cater to the needs of the public, investors, and traders. In the meantime, please contact us via Caerphilly Council’s website and we will inform you of our new website launch date very soon.

Will the council be running the market directly or will it be subcontracted?

The day-to-day operations of the market will be handled by an experienced appointed operator. The tender for this new operator will be released shortly, in the next couple of months.

How much will it be to rent a unit?

The cost to rent a unit in Ffos Caerffili is yet to be confirmed. Once we have appointed a market operator, rent prices will be discussed and shared publicly.