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City's new shopping centre plan
A view east along Hills Street
The view east along Hills Street with the library to the right
New artist's impressions showing the look outside a proposed 535m shopping centre in Cardiff have been unveiled.

Full and detailed plans for the St David's 2 development were submitted to Cardiff council on Wednesday and could be considered next month.

If approved, the project would be built beside the current St David's Centre and front onto The Hayes.

Department store John Lewis has signed up for St David's 2, which would bring about 2,000 jobs to the city.

The new shopping centre will cover nearly one million square feet over four floors, and link to St David's Centre.

A central arcade will run from Hills Street to Bute Terrace, with a series of routes running from east-west.

A view north up The Hayes
Looking north up The Hayes, which will be completely pedestrianised
A model of the scheme is expected to go on public display at a venue in Cardiff city centre after 6 April.

Several buildings in the area around the Hayes will be demolished to make way for the new centre, including Toys R Us, Cardiff Central Library, the Wales National Ice Rink and Oxford Arcade.

Developers The St David's Partnership have made assurances that the current library will not close until work has begun on the new one.

Building work, subject to planning approval, is due to start in spring 2006 and last until 2009.

Once finished, the scheme will include about 3,000 parking spaces and 300 homes, as well as restaurants and public squares with water features and spaces for public art.

Design company Benoy, which is responsible for the final look of St David's 2, was the name behind the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham and Bluewater in Kent.

James Uttings, of Benoy, said: "The central arcade will have much of the atmosphere and character of Cardiff's Edwardian and Victorian arcades but on a grander scale.

"Along with the public spaces, they will have a contemporary urban feel with many influences from Europe as well as from Cardiff's past.

"You will certainly know that you are walking around the capital city of Wales."

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