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.
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.