Well I certainly wouldn't have called it Roath Dock, yet when I looked on Google maps I can see exactly why you have!
Shows my ignorance about the names of the docks that I've been living next to for over a decade because I thought that that one was Queen Alexandra dock! Wrong again
Ah yes, Roath Basin is the one by the BBC
There is an application for a temp car park and infrastructure works for Roath Basin. Some good news and some not so positive information in the application.
The good news is that some of the infrastructure works particularly the walkway/cycleway around Roath Basin will be carried out a few years ahead of schedule and to the same quality as the current public realm (which I think is really good).
However the application does mention that letting of the building currently under construction has been hampered by a lack of parking nearby (hence the application) and that there has been a drop off in the number of people attending the Dr Who and World of Boats attractions. This is again blamed on lack of car parking. I hope this doesn't mean that Media Centre is struggling to attract tenants. I remember just a few years ago there was talk of building two buildings at the same time because the interest was so strong (as well as a 3 star hotel).
I suppose as far as the Media building goes you could argue that the public transport infrastructure is not there yet and if a little increased temporary parking means that the centre is a success and builds momentum its a price worth paying. The alarm bells do ring a little bit though. I was hopeful that this building would be somewhere close to fully let before it was completed.
As for the Dr Who centre I do agree its a little odd. The application makes reference to the nearest car parks (to Porth Teigr) being 965m and 800m away and this puts people off especially in inclement weather. I don't think people who visit Dr Who (especially those who have come from away) do it on the spur of the moment. Walking a bit - even if it's raining - is not going to put those people off I would suggest. Maybe it's the marketing, maybe the prices or perhaps the fact that Cardiff doesn't attract as many visitors as London (where the exhibition was before) has led to what seems to be disappointing numbers.
They'll come up with any excuses!
The blighters re-routed the no 6 bus so that it totally cut out the bus stops serving the residential developments on Pierhead St to go directly outside Porth Teigr - incidentally this made me abandon Cardiff Bus altogether and get a bicycle instead.
I would say that public transport provision to the Dr Who centre is second to none by Cardiff's standards.
i got some pics of the media centre was going to add them, but i can't drag and drop them here. So how do i add pics here please?
You could try going to http://postimage.org/
Uploading them for free, and without registration, and then copy and pasting the links.
Great photos. Construction is coming on nicely, though I do wonder why in the second shot, it looks like the windows have been bricked up.
The aren't bring back the window tax, are they?
Its great to see the building comming on, thanks for the pix, cant help but feel a bit underwhelmed by the style and finish on it though.....maybe it will look a bit better without the scaffolding...but not exactly in the stylee of Media UK....
MediaCityUK cost £200m, this is costing £6m. There was never going to be any comparison. It looks smart enough, but I think it's a shame they didn't stick with black brick as per the original renders. It always makes otherwise simple buildings look far more striking. This unfortunately wouldn't look out of place on an out of town business park, which is a bit disappointing given the location.
I think you are being quite harsh on the building, the main attractions of it are the front and rear elevations and not the sides which from the current plans will be hidden by buildings either side of it. For the money i think it fits well with the BBC studios, and is a fairly stiking building more akin to a waterfront warehouse than an out of town business park office. Media citys £200 million was for the whole development, not one building, i also dont think most people think its that great a development bar 1 or 2 buildings.
Media city's buildings are of a better quality and design though. Some think we are going to end up with a similar end product because we have similar square footage. People seem to forget media city is the result of the BBC moving their London operation north. Cardiffs offering will have no such driver
Anyway, this is one little building that's nothing to do with the BBC. Also, we're don't actually know that BBC Wales are moving their HQ to Porth Teiger yet, do we?
And the square footage being bandied about was compared to BBC North regional HQ wasn't it, rather than the whole of Media City which includes a lot of core BBC functions.
In summary, two completely different things.
Also, Media City's really a bit rubbish, architecturally speaking.
When will the BBC make an announcement? If I had my way i would like to them to build a statement building over the two empty plots on assembly square. Close to the government, close to the studios, close to the wmc and close to the road and rail network.
As an aside I think assembly square is architecturally very interesting
Not sure where else to put this...
Between the new bridge and the dr who expo seems to be some building work at the waters edge. Does anyone know what is happening here?
Incidentally South Wales has been updated to this summer/spring with the media building visable and admiral HQ.
A picture of the media centre today. Not very inspiring really. I prefer the miner!
I'm curious how quickly this building will fill up. From what I can remember there was talk of lots of interest and talk of a second building. Has anyone got any news on either ?
No Funky new building
No Interesting sculptures
No News on tenants for the media centre in question !
What a pointless Language!
PSY GOTA YOUTUBE HIT 4SURE
Zach you idiot. I'm not a Welsh speaker, Cardiff born, and a comment like that should be banned on the forum. No need for that....
Nice set of pine trees being planted next to the Dr Who exhibition (for those who are into trees). That there area around the BBC has the best landscaping of any new project in Cardiff by miles.
Surely the point is that very few actually understand it and all that do also speak English.
Surely this sign is a waste of taxpayers money. Perhaps we should have a referendum of how many people in Wales wish to spend money on the Welsh language or would we prefer money to be spent on hospitals and schools.
A few weeks ago was holidaying on Rhodes and found a Greek waiter who could speak Welsh, pronouciation was spot on, so he hooked my wife and myself as customers plus two German woman, who had just shared a taxi with a Welsh couple, and are from the city twinned with Swansea. They knew and also recognised a little Welsh having visited Wales.
The parable is you never know when something will be useful, it certainly worked for that waiter. The Welsh language was also something the two German woman liked and enjoyed about Wales.
To be fair the waiter could also speak English, French, Italian, German and Russian at least and could hold conversations in each.
Your wife's mates are really big and clever!
Fy mhwynt yw bod eisoes yn Gymraeg yn iaith farw, os nad yw wedi marw.
Mae'r arwyddion Cymraeg yn cael ei wneud am resymau gwleidyddol, yn hytrach na rhesymau cyfathrebu.
Onid google cyfieithu wych!
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*****o dan y rheolau fforwm newydd mae'n rhaid i holl sylwadau fod yn ddwyieithog*****
My point is that Welsh is already dead, if not dead.
The Welsh signs are being made for political reasons, rather than reasons of communication.
Is not google translation great!
Can we move this Welsh language debate into its own thread so I can ignore it and read about development at Roath Lock?
''Welsh is certainly NOT dead but if they did stop doing signs in both Welsh and English it wouldnt take long for people to forget they are in wales, its a political reason for sure but theres nothing wrong in that, the fact is, there IS a welsh lanuage and well over 20% of people speak it fluently and a large percentage of people speak a little so the signs HAVE to be in both languages..Porth Teigr is obviously welsh and it makes it quite distinctive because of it...''
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