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 Wales, Welsh Cymru, western peninsula and political division (principality) of Great Britain (1991 pop. 2,798,200), 8,016 sq mi (20,761 sq km), west of England; politically united with England since 1536. The capital is Cardiff. is being built at The Flourish, a plot of land at the bay end of Lloyd George Lloyd George, David. First Earl of Dwyfor. 1863-1945.
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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 Arts Council of Wales (ACW) is an Assembly Sponsored Public Body, responsible for funding and developing the arts in Wales. It became accountable to the National Assembly for Wales on 1 July 1999 when responsibility was transferred from the Secretary of State for Wales. , the European Regional Development Fund “ERDF” redirects here. For eRDF, see Embedded RDF.
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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 Cardiff Bay (Welsh: Bae Caerdydd) is the regeneration area created by the Cardiff Barrage which impounded two rivers (Taff and Ely) to form a new 500 acre freshwater lake around the former dockland area south of the city centre of Cardiff in south Wales. 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 The Wales Millennium Centre (Welsh: Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru) is a centre for the performing arts located on the Cardiff Bay waterfront. Opened in November 2004, it has hosted performances of opera, ballet, dance, comedy and musicals. 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.
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