Mike Law­ley, chair­man of Cooke & Ark­wright, re­flects on the legacy of the Cardiff Bay De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion

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I was a pro­fes­sional work­ing in Cardiff when the cor­po­ra­tion was set up in 1987 and I had a good in­sight into how rad­i­cal the process of change would be.

The Cardiff Bay years were busy and chal­leng­ing, but of­ten ex­hil­a­rat­ing ones pro­fes­sion­ally.

Hav­ing been closely in­volved in ac­quir­ing and de­vel­op­ing prop­erty within the Bay and con­tribut­ing to some of the Bar­rage Bill work, it is in­ter­est­ing to stand back and see it all with a more ob­jec­tive eye.

At the time of the des­ig­na­tion and the years that fol­lowed, Cardiff Bay was a very di­vi­sive, al­most Mar­mite­like en­tity. The re­mit of the de­vel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tion was to bring about change, and this worked at many lev­els.

The cen­tral fo­cus of the scheme was the cre­ation of the Cardiff Bay lake, which was in­tended to cre­ate an en­tic­ing en­vi­ron­ment and re­gen­er­ate the large ar­eas of derelict dock­land and for­mer in­dus­trial ar­eas that dom­i­nated south Cardiff.

> The old Cardiff dock­lands as they looked in 1987, with Pe­narth Head in the

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