Caernarfon waterfront and town centre regeneration initiative

“Improving the town as a place to live, work and visit”

“The Council and our partners have identified the waterfront area of Caernarfon as a key redevelopment area. Through a range of exciting projects, we firmly believe that this historic area of Caernarfon can look forward to a bright future."

- Councillor Ioan Thomas, Gwynedd Council’s Economic Development Cabinet Member 

Update - October 2018

Galeri 2 – The 2 screen cinema opened on 21 September. Rhys Ifans and Dafydd Elis Thomas were invited to reveal the Llyr Erddyn Davies sculpture outside. The new building consists of:

  • Two dedicated screens (119 and 65 seats)
  • Entrance
  • Box office
  • Arts and craft space
  • Art room
  • Craft shop
  • Meeting room 

The building was designed by Richard Murphy Architects and built by RL Davies & Sons. This is the first tourist attraction project to be completed.


Welsh Highland Railway – The new building is almost complete. MPH Construction will continue work midweek, but the building is available to the customers on weekends. The new station hosts the Railway’s poster competition, exhibited every weekend until 28 October. The building will welcome the public in December just in time for the Santa Trains, with an official opening planned for next May. The new building will feature a shop and new ticket office, cafe and a new exhibition space, which will allow the

Railway to hold special events and be of use to the community.


Caernarfon Harbour Trust – Grosvenor will lead the construction on the Cei Llechi project. The Kinmel Bay based company has recently worked on Yr Ysgwrn, the home of the famous poet Hedd Wyn, and have extensive experience in heritage projects. The work will begin this month and will take 18 months to complete.


STAMP Project – The STAMP project has commissioned Bedwyr Williams to bring an artistic influence to the project and he has been working with the design teams for the Harbour Trust and the Railway. Bedwyr plans to install a large screen in the exhibition space of the new Railway terminus, which will play videos from local artists to try to capture the sights and sounds of how the former bustling industrial area would’ve been like. This collaboration has been a major part of the project and it’s hoped that the exhibition space will be a hub for local artists and the community.


Access & Linkages Improvements – Stage 1 of the project is complete and Stage 2 is due to begin in the last year of the project.

Update - May 2018

Galeri 2 – the building structure is complete and watertight. The cinema is expected to open by the end of summer 2018. 


Caernarfon Harbour Trust – the project is at tender stage for the main contractor, with construction work due to start in summer 2018.


Welsh Highland Railway – the building structure has been completed. The new terminus is expected to open its doors in September 2018.


Access & Linkages – Stage 1 of the project is complete. Stage 2 of the project will be undertaken in the final year of the project.


Bedwyr Williams -  The STAMP project has commissioned an artist, Bedwyr Williams, to bring an artistic influence to the project and he has been working with the design teams for the Harbour Trust and the Railway.

Tourist Attractors Destinations (TAD) 2017-20

The VVP programme finished in April 2017. As a result of the initial VVP investment (£2.6m), the second phase of redevelopment was successfully secured, with the announcement in October 2016 that Gwynedd Council had attracted funding through the Tourism Attractor Destinations 2017-20 worth £12m. The confirmation of TAD funding, following on from the VVP investment, meant that Cyngor Gwynedd had secured £15m towards key strategic priorities. The TAD project led by Visit Wales, is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

The package ensured that 3 of the Town’s prominent organisations – Galeri, Caernarfon Harbour Trust and Welsh Highland Railway can improve their offer considerably and were able to begin work on redeveloping some parts of Caernarfon that have been derelict for decades.

The TAD project started in April 2017, where Phil McGrath joined the Regeneration Team as Caernarfon Waterfront Initiative Project Manager. Details on the individual projects can be found below;


Galeri 2 – new full time 2 screen cinema, additional offices and creative work space. 

Caernarfon Harbour Trust – redevelop Cei Llechi – Island Site to 19 artisan business units, 3 holiday flat’s. 

Welsh Highland Railway – developing a new Terminus on St Helen’s Road.

Access & Linkages
 – improving the linkages between the strategic sites in Town.


Vibrant and Viable Places (VVP) 2014-17

In November 2014, Gwynedd Council and its partners were successful in securing the Welsh Government’s Tackling Poverty – Vibrant and Viable Places fund. The funding was crucial in enabling Gwynedd Council to implement a programme of projects in the Town. The programme included;

  • Empty Shops Initiative
  • Mentro Mlaen
  • STAMP:Caernarfon
  • Business Improvement District
  • Beics Menai 
  • Island Site - Cei Llechi
  • Welsh Highland Railway Terminus
  • Caernarfon Castle
  • Galeri
  • Housing projects

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