Basic Site Details

Name: Central Area Redevelopment
Town, district or village: Bridgend
City or county: Glamorgan
Country: Wales
Grid ref:
Notes: Approval had been given by the Bridgend Urban District Council to a scheme for redevelopment of the centre of Bridgend by Cophall Holdings Limited. The scheme has now been submitted to Glamorgan County Council and will soon will go the the Ministry of Housing and Local Government. To a scheme by Alister MacDonald and Partners, the plans provide for redevelopment of about 11 acres at a cost estimated at about £1,500,000, with a first phase on an area of 5.5 acres near the Ogmore River. This provides for a traffic-free pedestrian shopping precinct, mainly above the level of surrounding streets because of the configuration of the land. Car parking will be beneath. There will also be a number of offices and a new market building to replace the existing market. This will be a hexagonal ramped building with individual stalls close to the river, and with a riverside walk partly beneath the building. Further along the bank will be a restaurant. It is hoped that work will be able to start on the scheme in about 12 months’ time. [The Times 14 November 1962 page 6]

This first phase of the scheme on a site bounded by Caroline Street, Nolton Street and Queen Street was finally completed in 1972, the new Market opening on Monday 15 May of that year. The development is not included in Buildings of Wales: Glamorgan.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Rhiw Shopping Centre and Market Hall  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Shopping centre  
Item 2 of 2Market  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 3Caroline Street  
Item 2 of 3Nolton StreetYes 
Item 3 of 3Queen Street  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 21962 Plans approvedby Bridgend UDC
Item 2 of 21972 Opened 


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 2Alister G MacDonald & PartnersArchitectural practice 19621972 
Item 2 of 2Alister Gladstone MacDonald (or Alistair Gladstone MacDonald)Architect 1962  


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Copthall Holdings Ltd 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1The Times14 November 1962  page 6 col E - Property Market