For­mer rail shed ac­quired by Pump­house de­vel­op­ment team

Western Mail - - COMMERCIAL PROPERTY - Chris Kelsey As­sis­tant head of busi­ness chris.kelsey@waleson­

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 live/work spa­ces.

The re­de­vel­op­ment was strongly sup­ported by the coun­cil.

When Hang­fire Smoke­house opened 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 re­al­is­ing 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 a part two-storey, part sin­gle-storey of­fice build­ing of ap­prox­i­mately 165 sq m (1,778 sq ft).

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

Mr Bas­ton, who was be­hind the Tramshed ren­o­va­tion in Cardiff, has also been try­ing to build a box city in the cap­i­tal. Last year he an­nounced plans for a space made out of ship­ping con­tain­ers that would in­clude ho­tel apart­ments, of­fices, street food venues and even an out­door cinema.

It would be built on a derelict site at Porth Teigr and cover more than 50,000 sq ft. It would be the largest ship­ping con­tainer-in­spired scheme of its kind in the UK.

How­ever, that par­tic­u­lar project has yet to progress.

Si­mon Bas­ton

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

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