Cardiff Bay, ‘Bae Caerdydd’
Cardiff Bay Barrage is Europe’s largest waterfront development.
Cardiff Bay has played one of the most significant parts in Cardiff’s transformation as a whole. The Bay especially unrecognisable from when it was once the world’s largest exporter of coal. The bay and its docks allowed for waves of ships and carriers of coal and in turn the industry funded Cardiff to become the Captial City of Wales, as well as the Third Marquis of Bute, who owned the docks become the richest man in the world. The population grew as fast as the industry, and a new settlement was formed, known as Tiger Bay. The areas known for its multi-culture of nationalities from Norway to Jamaica settles here. Following World War II the coal industry shut down and the area rapidly declined and turned to derelict land. However, a cash injection in 1999 allowed for the construction of Cardiff Bay Barrage, Europe’s largest water development. Whilst the development of the freshwater lake, was controversial due to its eco-impacts, fortunately the development proved successful, making Cardiff Bay a sudden new place of interest for investors.
Now, Cardiff Bay is lined with public spaces, restaurants, bars and apartments and ‘The Bay’ has become a way of life. Cardiff Bay, offers a wide range of facilities and amenities, meaning the area is attractive to families, young professionals and due to the amount of offices located here, company lettings are also sought after. The majority of the residential areas are characterised by apartment blocks and secure gated communities. The largest one in Cardiff Bay would be Century Wharf, a gated complex complete with leisure facilities, including gymnasium, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and solarium. In amongst the apartment blocks, features some houses. Most buildings are now listed buildings after being built during the coal industry, this includes the iconic Coal Exchange as well as Empire House.