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Work starts on the D Shed project; pounds 1.26m scheme to showcase craftsmen.

Byline: Phillip Nifield

WORK is underway in Cardiff on a long-awaited pounds 1.26m scheme that will showcase Wales' most talented craftsmen and women.

The new permanent home for the Makers' Guild in Wales is being built at The Flourish, a plot of land at the bay end of Lloyd George Avenue.

And the development, which will be known as Craft in the Bay, also sees the restoration of a piece of docklands heritage.

The so-called D Shed, a 19th century cast iron transit warehouse, used in later years as a garage repair workshop, is being re-erected and will be the centrepiece of the scheme. A new extension is also being built.

Craft in the Bay will display the work of guild members, act as a national and international exhibition centre and run an education programme.

Major funding for the development has come from the Arts Council of Wales, the European Regional Development Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Completion of the scheme, due in April next year, will end years of searching for a permanent home by the guild, which was set up in 1984.

Members have previously been based at the Old Library, in the former Techniquest building in Cardiff Bay and are currently housed at the Cory building in Bute Street.

Project director Ron Adam said: "There has been much gloom about the future of the Wales Millennium Centre and the National Assembly chamber. I'm pleased our project is underway because it will be one of Wales' successes.

"It will give us more space and enable the public to come in to view the work on display and also look at the last vestiges of the docks, " he added.

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SITE VISIT Ron Adam, project manager for the Makers' Guild with site manager Kevin Beckett at the former maritime sheds in Cardiff Bay. PICTURE: Scott Ramsey
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 5, 2001
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