In 1999 we were invited by the Welsh Development Agency to advise on the creation of a new ‘urban village’ on the site of a former BP oil refinery in South-West Wales. Located between Neath and Swansea, ‘Coed Darcy’ will be an entire new town, built on 1,300 acres of brownfield land.

The development of Coed Darcy is based on our principles of communities with a village centre at the core of development. A series of four smaller local centres will connect the existing Llandarcy village and Skewen. The connections are supported by a public transport interchange and local rail halt which will improve access to Llamsamlet and Swansea.

Our Project

We led an Enquiry by Design workshop in July 2000 and with the continued collaboration of key stakeholders, a masterplan and town code were produced by Alan Baxter & Associates.

Coed Darcy incorporates 4,000 new homes of mixed price and tenure. The village will create 3,000 jobs, four new schools, health and community facilities. 
An international competition was held to select a developer and St. Mowden was chosen. Planning consent for Coed Darcy was achieved in December 2007. A Partnership Board, Coed Darcy Limited (CDL) was established to monitor development quality. Work has begun to clear pollution from the site and a Town Architect has been appointed.
A first phase has now been completed, showcasing the quality and design standard that the rest of the site will strive towards. 

Key info

This project is

  • Engage


Remediation of land and development of Phase 1


Coed Darcy Neath Port Talbot
United Kingdom


  • Low Energy
  • Mixed use walkable neighbourhood design

Project contact

Ben Bolgar

Project partners

  • Alan Baxter Associates
  • British Petroleum (BP)
  • Neath Port Talbot Borough Council
  • St. Modwen
  • Welsh Development Agency