Hodge House has been acquired in a £18.8m deal by Legal & General Property.
The framework of the atrium students union is on the way up.
Didn't know where else to put this -
It seems that the WG are looking at purchasing 2 sites in central Cardiff. The first is the corner plot at the north eastern part of CS. A red brick warehouse was demolished here a few months back. I always thought that with a bit of tlc that could have been converted into an attractive building which would have provided a nice counterpoint to the newer buildings and a reminder of the area's former industrial heritage, but what do I know?
This is a key site I think and could possibly link CS with Capital Quarter with access over the dock feeder that runs through it.
The second site is currently owned by two engineering firms which must mean it's situated on Dumballs Rd. Bellepheron are currently purchasing land between Dumballs Rd and the river for residential development (inc. 50% affordable housing) in what appears to be a joint venture with the Council. I wonder if this site being looked at by the WG will be earmarked for more residential or commercial.
Also WG still own part of CS south side which they are thinking of selling on to the Council who may or may not be looking at building a convention centre there.
I think on balance this is good news and points to an intention by the WG to get the enterprise zone going (in the absence of private developers this seems to be the only option) but with Capital Quarter, both sides of Central Station, CS, Dumballs Rd and Capital Waterside all in various stages of development I wonder if there is a risk that focus will be dissipated and we will end up with a large number of unfinished developments?
Looks like work on the old Habitat unit is imminent. Lots of building materials have arrived and hoardings are being erected outside the Hayes Island frontage. We know Miller and Carter Steakhouse will be an occupier of one of the three proposed units - does anyone know the identity of the other two or can hazard an educated guess?
Pieminister confirmed to be opening in St Mary Street in mid March. This on top of Brewdog's announcement that they are opening in Westgate Street seems to suggest that Cardiff is on the radar of the more 'trendy' chains.
I'm glad Brew Dog are coming to the city but I wish they hadn't chosen such a terrible unit. It means that the ground floor commercial in that building will be fully let (as well as the office space) which makes it possibly one of the most successful office schemes in the city despite being disgustingly ugly. Is there a moral somewhere?
I wish Brewdog - or someone - would take the plunge and open up in one of the very old buildings in Womamby Street (between Dempseys and Revs) that have had the exteriors renovated but are empty shells inside. Such a shame that they seem destined to remain empty.
Proposed swimming pool, leisure centre, gym and library for Splott, to replace the Star centre (planned to become housing). £9.2m. Built on site of existing pool in Splott park.
There is also tremorfa park and moorland park. The star centre was actually built on the site of a park and it is well past it's prime. That part of the city gets shat on from a great height regularly so despite the architectural merits of the building it's refreshing to see something other than an industrial unit being built.
I'm confused. It's going on the site of Splott Pool, and in terms of green space will involve the loss of exactly one bowling green. This is hardly making a dent in Splott park, surely?
The industrial unit comment was just a general observation that the usual development we see in splott/tremorfa is stuff like viridor or the shit that cardiff community housing assoc throw up. Splott swimming pool plus the car park and the changing rooms already take up a fair bit of splott park. It seems that this development will take up an additional bowling green. That's a shame but not disastrous. As for returning the star site to parkland (which only became parkland when the old splott council school was demolished in the 1970s) - its a nice idea but where does the money come from to build the community hub? Splott park is actually quite big and tremorfa park about 500m up the road is even bigger.
The only time I've been to the STAR Centre a junkie tried to score drugs off me in the car park. The place is also as ugly as sin, so it's not exactly a great loss.
It looks like conservation area consent has been granted to demolish part of it. The planning application went to committee in December 2013 and was recommended for approval http://planning.cardiff.gov.uk/online-applications/files/6D230A668F067CF86C0C0AC58B590A70/pdf/13_01888_DCI-COMMITTEE_REPORT-1499561.pdf
I can't see the minutes from that meeting to see what was voted, but I assume the Members resolved to grant consent and the S106 has either been signed or is about to be.
Heath hospital daffodil to be replaced, potentially with some kind of anti-smoking image. Grotty lungs on the A48 anyone!?
Shame, I've always liked the daff on the side of the building
In other news today, I noted that the patch of semi boarded off land opposite the Golden Cross and the Radisson Blu has a small digger on it and the site is being cleared.....
I noticed that as well. I don't know why there is activity on the site but if I was a betting man I would say that it's something to do with maintenance of the railway and the adjacent bridge. There is a lot of work going on at Central and Queen St regarding capacity plus the bridge over St Mary St has recently been renovated/repainted.
Just an educated guess. I hope I'm wrong and the ground is being prepared for a new build but I think the keen observers of the council's planning lists that inhabit this forum (of which I am one) would have spotted something by now.
As for the Custom House and new build offices, there was a rumour that Morgan Cole were looking at this as a possible location once their current lease in Park Place runs out sometime this year or next. I think if they had plumped for this site we would have seen activity by now so I guess nothing will be happening in the short to medium term.
The Heath hospital daffodil has been replaced already, with a pic of a dragon with daffodils coming out of its mouth, and a no-smoking message. It lacks the character of what went before and looks a little naff to be honest.
I remember the lion mural and couldn't remember where it had been.
Used to be in awe of that lion mural as a kid!
So, does the pic of the day suggest work is happening on that site? Is there some sign of action bottom left? Or are they just clearing out the litter?
I walked past it two days ago and it just looked like they were leveling the ground with sand, not sure what they are going to do, maybe a surface car park?
Maybe they could convert it into a sandwich shop http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-21195520
I think you are referring to Guildford Crescent baths. I seem to recall that there were three pools - one for men, one for women and one mixed as well as Turkish Baths. They had changing cubicles around the outside of the pool rather than changing rooms. I remember going there as a kid as an alternative to Splott swimming pool. I vaguely remember them as being a bit grotty by that stage and I don't think the building was particularly attractive (I could be wrong - at that age I was more interested in the Wagon Wheels in the vending machine than the architecture).
But it would be almost impossible to be worse than the building that replaced the baths - the foul Ibis hotel that vies with the surface car park at the back of the Rapports building for the worst part of Churchill Way.
I never went to the Guildford baths (not that I remember) but how you describe them makes them sound like Withington baths in Manchester which were just beautiful. The changing rooms were about foot from the water.
A Hayes Island Museum - They must be flush with money
I learned to swim in Guildford Crescent baths.
My main memory is of the penny-in-a-slot Brylcream dispensers! The main (mixed) pool was quite attractive with a high timber roof broken up by skylights - the other two pools were smaller and had less ornate tiling.
I think they were demolished around the time that the big leisure cenntres were being built - the idea being that there shoud be a network of neighbourhood pools rather than a central baths. It was a nice enough building - certainly better than the Ibis which stands on the site - but I wouldn't say it was a loss on the scale of the Capitol, Wood Street Chapel or the Empire Pool.
Joking aside it's great news about the Hayes toilets, and especially since they have been renovated so recently, would be stupid for all that money to go to waste.
No obvious place to post this, so it is here.
recent, and rather sad, little video about Barry amusement park:
That brings back great memories, I used to love the Log Flume and remember getting the £3 red wrist band for unlimited rides in the park. Sad to see it all mothballed. I don't think the rides they put in for the summer now are up to much.
Seems like they are going ahead with the Capital quarter.With shortage of land why is it that they don't build higher ?
Let have this for the future:
"The new building, which will cost around £15m, will take between 15 to 18 months to complete."
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