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Clocktower converts to luxury; HOSPITAL HERITAGE: Praise for listed building 's transformation into homes.

Byline: ROBERT JONES

THE landmark clocktower of the former St David's Hospital on Cowbridge Road, Cardiff, has a new owner.

Macob Projects recently completed its purchase of the Grade II listed building from Alfred McAlpine Homes. The acquisition secures the future of the building, which suffered from vandalism and arson after the original St David's Hospital closed in the early 1990's.

Phil Morgan, managing director of Macob Projects, said, "Macob can now ensure that this unique piece of Cardiff history is saved from falling into further decay and will be around for many more generations."

The historic building will be transformed into seven high-specification luxury apartments, retaining the characteristics of the structure.

Mr Morgan said, "The reconstruction work will use salvage stone taken from the original Ely Hospital. We will also be reconstructing chimneys and fireplaces to ensure the building is sympathetically modernised.

"The new development will include a central atrium and forms part of a prestigious Alfred McAlpine residential scheme. The apartments will be ideal for young professionals who want to live within walking distance of the city centre and have a soughtafter Pontcanna address."

This is the second listed building Macob, the South Wales-based construction group, has acquired. Last year bought The Exchange in Cardiff Bay where it is carrying out improvements and restoration.

The Clock Tower development will be a managed facility with car parking and courtyard area. Decor and fit-out will be carried out to clients' requirements. Work is to begin this year and the first apartments complete in autumn 2002.

Architects for the project are Connections Design of Llandaff. Paul Hutchison, principal, said, "We were delighted to be approached by Macob Projects to carry out the out the design works of these prestigious apartments.

"We are convinced the flats will be much sought after, being of such high quality fit-out standard, and within such a landmark building so close to the city centre. It's also extremely encouraging that the listed building will be brought into such good use and the Historic Buildings Administration has applauded our initial scheme."

Sole agent is Cardiff Bay-based Michael Graham Young.

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HIGH HOPES: Phil Morgan, managing director of Macob Projects and Paul Hutchison, principal of Connections Design are thrilled to be working together on the project which has already won praise for its 'creative exuberance'
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Date:Sep 1, 2001
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