I noticed a smallish poster near the Doctor Who experience today announcing a new attraction called "The World of Boats - opening summer 2012". I hadn't read anything about this either here or anywhere else. Eventualy found a mention of it here.
At last something that reflects the maritime heritage of Cardiff. Add a campbells paddle steamer and you might be able to imagine that Mermaids Quay was not there.
If this is still going ahead then I think this is great news. But the lack of press coverage suggests to me there are still things to be confirmed, inc. planning.
Wales online are now reporting the boat museum is on its way as well:
From the article:
"The boats will be displayed in a 3,500 square foot building with floor to ceiling windows looking out over the waterfront.
There will be a section on restoration and shipbuilding – known as the Boat Lab – where visitors will be able to see restoration in action of at least one boat at any one time."
"The project will cost in excess of £500,000 to get off the ground. The majority of this will come from the charity’s private backers, with small contributions from other partners including Visit Wales.
Mr Walters said a further £500,000 is expected to be spent on restoration projects over the next 18 months, and while 38 boats will be moved to Cardiff initially, it is hoped the new visitor attraction can be developed further in the future."
I think this looks great. Much less like a tacky theme park and more like a proper, mature, visitor attraction.
But lets see what the building looks like...!
These are pics of the first boat to be refit there:
as you can see work has already started but it will be completed in the new facility. The museum focuses on boats up to the advent of steam powered boats. They are previously doing restoration work in a dry dock at Roath Dock and thought it would be a great site for a full time museum.
The article says building work started "in the last few weeks" and that it will be open by July. Someone better get down there with a camera quick! That is a fast turn around...
So I guess we must have missed the planning docs...
But they have a holding webpage with just the logo: http://worldofboatscardiff.com/demos/index.html
Sounds good, my only oncern is that it takes up prime land oposite mermaid quay with what could be cheap looking buildings that jar with the assembly and millennium center.
I have a feeling some of it is already in place. I am sure the white tent is part of it. I may be wrong. I was hoping that would go.
looks like the nina, pinta or santa maria.
still, a good addition, although I think the images are a little anachronistic in relation to Cardiff's maritime heritage
Looks good to me!
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