Penarth property developer Simon Baston with Prince Andrew at the “Pitch@Palace” Event  

Penarth property developer Simon Baston – whose company, LoftCo, is behind many successful projects in Cardiff and Penarth – has been discussing future projects with Prince Andrew, the Duke of York in  St James’s Palace.

Mr Baston was invited by Prince Andrew to attend what’s called “Pitch@Palace” session in which groups of outstanding entrepreneurs are encouraged to present their latest ideas.

The “Alcedonia” section of the former Albert Road Methodist Church. (Alcedonia means “tranquillity”)

Some of Mr Baston’s companies have a special interest in preserving and re-developing old – and often “Listed” –  buildings which are just too difficult for most developers to tackle. One of Mr Baston’s companies XB Properties  redeveloped the old Albert Road  Methodist Church into luxury apartments

He has also carried out the renovation of the old masonic  building in Station Approach – which, whilst retaining the look of the original building – has now been converted into a suite of modern offices

Mr Baston’s firm LoftCo  developed the new TramShed arts and technical  facility in Grangetown  and undertook the re-development of The Pumphouse in Barry, the historic Grade II listed Docks building.

His latest project however is something which is far from being a “heritage” undertaking ; it’s “Box City”  – a “container village” which is due to open in the Spring of next year in the heart of Cardiff Bay and is promised to be the first of its kind in the world.

The twice-yearly  “Pitch@Palace” event offers entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their ideas to a global audience of “influencers” and has already helped over 300 business.

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  1. Mgg says:

    A good man doing good things

  2. Daft o dul says:

    This outfit have delivered some great conversions of old buildings and show that you don’t need to plough up green field sites to deliver more housing.

  3. ron says:

    This is the second time that Albert Rd Methodist Church has been in PDN lately, but it has been not mentioned that only part of he church has been redeveloped.The Church still functions at the rear of the appartments, with the entrance along side the lane from Albert Rd.

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