The tallest building in Wales will soon become part of the vista of Cardiff enjoyed every day from Penarth residents looking out over Cardiff Bay towards the capital city.
Cardiff Council has given the green light for the erection of a giant 42-storey, 433 foot high tower which will dominate the city skyline . It will be built on derelict land near Customhouse Street – on land opposite the Golden Cross pub but will be seen from miles away.
Cardiff highest building was once the Hodge Building in Newport Road ( now an hotel), which was later eclipsed by the Greyfriars building, the 78-metre tall BT block and the 80-metre tall Capital Tower . The new building will easily tower over them all and make a marked difference to the outlook from Penarth.
The North Wales development firm Watkin Jones is behind the scheme along with Rio Architects. T
Some councillors however didn’t like the look of it . Cllr Elizabeth Clark said it was certainly no Eiffel Tower or Gherkin or Shard. There was nothing exceptional about it and the grey colour made it look dark and gloomy.
Cllr Iona Gordon was concerned about 450 students who will be housed in it “like factory chickens” . She thought it would be “oppressive”.
Glyn Watkin Jones, Group Chairman of the developers – the Watkin Jones Group – says “As the Group Chairman of the oldest construction company in Wales, and the eighth generation of the family business myself, I am delighted to have the opportunity to promote and develop a landmark ‘tower’ within an excellent location in Cardiff. This will add to the ever increasing height of buildings in Cardiff, a marker of the success and vibrancy of the city.”
Under a Section 106 agreement the council stands to receive £500,000 for public works.