Roald Dahl Plass 

Roald Dahl Plass (formerly called the Oval Basin) occupies a key position at the heart of the Cardiff Bay development area. The aim of the project was to further the regeneration of the area through the development of this major new creative space at the heart of the Bay.

The grand Victorian basin was infilled during the 1960s. The project included a part-excavation to produce a sloping floor which links with the boardwalk beside the water. A landmark water-feature was developed working with the artist William Pye.

The public space has proved to be hugely popular, and is taken over for a wide variety of events, from sporting to outdoor cinema use, as a concert and festival venue, as a temporary urban beach and filming location. 

The Oval Basin has provided a major new public space between the city and its waterfront. A contemporary intervention that works well creating a sense of place through imaginative and expressive form and layout.
Civic Trust Awards judges


  • Civic Trust Awards: Commendation