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New short-term accommodation for families in Cardiff

30 Aug 2022

Development, Partnership news

An image of a construction site which shows the progress of new apartments being built in Cardiff

The build of 18 new apartments for families in need of housing in Cardiff is underway.

The accommodation is being built on land off Harrison Drive in St. Mellons and will provide temporary homes for families who find themselves homeless, while a more permanent housing solution is found.

Cardiff Council will support people who live at the accommodation and United Welsh will act as the landlord, managing repairs and maintenance.

The centre will offer good quality accommodation with staff visiting the site during the day to offer provision such as Early Help family services, health visiting and parenting support.

Peter Seaborne, Development Manager for United Welsh said:

“This accommodation will provide families experiencing homelessness in Cardiff a much-needed, safe place to stay.

“We are pleased to work with Cardiff Council and J.G. Hale Construction to deliver the project.”

The St. Mellons development is part of Cardiff Council’s commitment to reshaping services for families experiencing homelessness.

Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said:

“Harrison Drive is the final piece in the jigsaw of our reshaped family homelessness provision and we are pleased to once again be working with United Welsh to create additional temporary accommodation in the city to support families experiencing difficult times.

“Just like our new centres at Briardene in Gabalfa and Yr Hafan in Grangetown, Harrison Drive will provide good quality temporary accommodation as we work closely with families to find them a more permanent home.”

Andrew Collins, Contracts Manager of J.G. Hale Construction, said:

“We are delighted to be delivering this prestigious project for United Welsh.

“The development will use the latest innovative, high standards of insulation, solar PV panels and air source heat pumps, as well as other sustainable materials and technologies.”


An image of a man and woman stood in the centre of a construction site smiling at the camera. They are wearing yellow safety jackets and white hard hats. The image conveys the progress made by United Welsh and partners at St Mellons in Cardiff to build temporary accommodation for families in need.

Kirstie from United Welsh and Andrew from Hale at the Harrison Drive development


The St. Mellons development is due to complete in summer 2023.

United Welsh currently provides over 1,800 homes in Cardiff and we plan to build another 1,300 new homes across the communities we serve in South Wales in the next five years.



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