One of the first “single shot” series photos I published back in 2007 was Past, Present and Future in Cardiff. Three years on, I’ve taken this follow-up to show you just how much has changed in Cardiff:
The Bute Dock Feeder was barely visible last time I visited here. It was overgrown and hidden in the shadows of the warehouse units on Tyndall Street Industrial Estate. This time, the warehouses are gone (as is the industrial estate; I guess we don’t make things any more in New Labour’s Britain), and the banks have been cleared quite a bit. The Feeder is visible here.
“Torchwood Towers” no longer has the skyline to itself. It now has to share with new office blocks, new apartments, and the St Davids 2 complex.
Last time, it was the empty skyline that was due to be filled by the St Davids 2 complex. This time, it seems like the empty foreground is what’s most likely to see change over the coming years.
Here’s a different angle of what was once Tyndall Street Industrial Estate, with the skyline beyond.
JR Smart (Builders) bought this site in 2008 and have demolished the industrial estate. They were planning to apply for planning permission for mixed office and residential use on the site. They were previously involved in converting the old AXA office tower into the Radisson Hotel (seen here as the left-most tower on the skyline), and also built the new office block by the Magic Roundabout just a bit to the east.
If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.