Cardiff Bay has changed a lot over the years, from its dockyard past at the centre of the coal industry, to the construction of the Barrage in the late 90s and the £2billion pound regeneration that created the modern waterfront destination that is the Bay today – but it still hasn’t reached its full potential for attracting visitors (and creating jobs).
So this week, a detailed report was examined by the Cabinet at Cardiff Council that sets out progress on a wide range of existing projects (and some exciting new ones) to radically transform the area into one of the UK’s leading visitor and tourism destinations.
🎶 The latest news on the Cardiff Indoor Arena, which will now have a capacity of 17,000 up from earlier projections of 15,000.
🏞️ Proposals to ‘green’ Lloyd George Avenue creating an urban park, replacing the underused current dual carriageway road system with a standard single carriageway, removing traffic lights and introducing new landscaping. Community engagement on this is set to take place in the coming months.
🍿 Replacing the Red Dragon Centre on Atlantic Wharf with a larger leisure complex.
🚴 Expanding the International Sports Village to add a new velodrome and an outdoor moto-cross venue to the existing ice rink stadium, international pool and white water complex, and
🚊 Major upgrades of the transport network, to include safe cycle and walking routes from the city centre to the Bay, a Metro extension including a new station north of Loudoun Square, and the potential for a transport hub at Pierhead Street and connections to Cardiff’s proposed Crossrail project and the new Cardiff Parkway station near St Mellons.
We think that’s all pretty exciting stuff – in the words of Cabinet Member for Investment and Development, the plans will rejuvenate and ‘reignite’ Cardiff Bay – as well as creating more jobs and opportunities for people who live nearby.
But that’s not even all of it – the report also included a number of ideas (which would need Government funding and private partnerships to progress) including:
🏊 A new lido-style pool at Mermaid Quay, close to Techniquest, that would enable outdoor swimming in a heated pool and access to ‘wild’ swimming in Cardiff Bay.
🎭The creation of an ‘academy-type’ cultural venue for performance arts linked to the Wales Millennium Centre.
🛩️A virtual-reality ‘flight over Wales’ experience, based on an existing attraction in Amsterdam.
⛱️ A 450,000sq ft event site and waterfront park at Alexandra Head, plus other family attractions and an urban beach.
You can read the report in full here: https://orlo.uk/3T00W
And Cardiff Council’s press release here: https://orlo.uk/AUpYq