Major Projects

Cardiff International Sports Village

The £300m Cardiff International Sports Village (CISV) was Orion’s first regeneration project, which formed the stepping stone for Orion to work successfully with a number of other local authorities and private landowners. In 2001, Cardiff County Council selected Orion to be their Master-Developer for the CISV. The contaminated 80-acre site in Cardiff Bay was to form an important part of Cardiff’s bid to stage the Commonwealth Games.

Philips Electronics, Explore Investments, and Laing O’Rouke became Orion’s partners. Orion achieved planning consent for 1,000 residential bay-side homes, selling the site to a US-based company for the highest residential land value achieved in Wales at that time.  Consent also included an award-winning 50m Commonwealth Games standard swimming pool and leisure water, 100,000sq ft of A3 and leisure space, a conference centre, a new arena for the Cardiff Ice Devils, a white water rafting centre, Toys R Us, a Morrisons superstore, and a marina.


Last year St Mungo’s helped almost 30,000 people in need on our streets or at risk of homelessness. As a charity and housing association, we couldn’t do as much as we do without organisations such as Orion Land and Developments Ltd. We are very grateful for their generosity, and my personal thanks to Richard and Jean for their ongoing support over many years.

Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of St Mungo’s

Richard and his team’s knowledge of property and ability to recognise uniquely excellent opportunities for development are unmatched. We are very grateful to the team for helping us secure land prime for BTR development while also helping us navigate the planning process.

Paul Wrights, President – Europe, Cortland