Plan to cre­ate ‘en­ter­tain­ment vil­lage’ out of ship­ping boxes

South Wales Echo - - News -

PLANS have been un­veiled to cre­ate an “en­ter­tain­ment vil­lage” out of ship­ping con­tain­ers in Barry.

The de­vel­oper be­hind the award-win­ning Pump­house de­vel­op­ment in Barry is ac­quir­ing the for­mer rail­way goods shed across the road.

Si­mon Bas­ton, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Loftco, plans to cre­ate a “box vil­lage” out of ship­ping con­tain­ers on the site that would give op­por­tu­ni­ties for small, lo­cal busi­nesses.

“We are cur­rently ac­quir­ing the Hood Road Goods Shed op­po­site the Pump­house and have plans to launch a ship­ping con­tainer en­ter­tain­ment vil­lage, fea­tur­ing a num­ber of pop-up cafes and bars very soon,” he said.

Mr Bas­ton started the re­de­vel­op­ment of the Grade II-listed Pump­house build­ing in 2014 af­ter he pur­chased it from Vale of Glam­or­gan coun­cil.

In lit­tle more than a year the build­ing, which was built in the 1880s to pro­vide hy­draulic power to the docks, was care­fully re­stored to ac­com­mo­date a cafe, restau­rant, 24-hour gym and 15 liv­ing/work­ing spa­ces.

When Hang Fire Smoke­house opened its restau­rant at The Pump­house in 2016, it re­ceived more the 1,300 book­ings in less than 24 hours. And the ap­petite for the bar­be­cue restau­rant has not abated with book­ings still re­quired weeks in ad­vance.

See­ing the de­mand for sim­i­lar projects in the town and that peo­ple are will­ing to travel to Barry for the right project, Mr Bas­ton ac­quired the build­ing over the road.

The Hood Road Goods Shed in Barry was put out for ten­der in the sum­mer with the aim of se­cur­ing a mixed use de­vel­op­ment.

Also known as Gwalia Build­ings, the build­ing is a her­itage rail­way build­ing of tra­di­tional brick con­struc­tion set un­der a pitched and slated roof.

It com­prises a for­mer goods shed of ap­prox­i­mately 592 sq m (6,371 sq ft) to­gether with an of­fice build­ing of ap­prox­i­mately 165 sq m (1778 sq ft).

The project is in the early stages and there are cur­rently no con­firmed tenants.

Mr Bas­ton, who was also be­hind the Tramshed project on the out­skirts of Cardiff city cen­tre, has also been try­ing to build a box city in Cardiff.

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