Vale of Glamorgan Council reveal an Entertainment Village is the latest proposal for Barry Waterfront Innovation Quarter
THE Vale of Glamorgan Council has revealed the latest plans for Barry Waterfront’s Innovation Quarter (IQ), which involve the creation of an entertainment village featuring a range of pop-up cafes and bars.
Based in a former railway storage unit on Hood Road, known as the Gwalia Buildings, the project would see the historic 1880s property named the Goods Shed and converted into a community of small, local businesses trading out of modified shipping containers.
IQ2DS Properties, who are also behind the award-winning nearby Pumphouse redevelopment, have put forward this exciting proposal, set to become the latest feature of this revitalised area of Barry, subject to planning permission.
Southern restaurant Hang Fire and specialist espresso bar Academy already occupy the 260-year-old Pumphouse across the road from the Goods Shed’s potential site, while a Premier Inn hotel and Snap Fitness Gym are among other businesses that have been attracted to the IQ.
The building now in line for transformation was marketed by agents JLL over the summer and the Council is currently working with Welsh Government in an effort to bring this scheme to fruition.
More details of the project will follow and the local community will be fully consulted before any development proceeds.
JLL are also currently marketing the adjoining 2.8-acre IQ Southern Development as the Council invites other inventive proposals to compliment this growing commercial centre.
The Council and Welsh Government are seeking quality development ideas that can continue to fuel the regeneration of this prominent former industrial site.
IQ1Cllr Jonathan Bird, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning, said: “We believe the Goods Shed and the development of the attached site can further boost the thriving new business community that has been cultivated on Barry’s Waterfront and provide a significant benefit to the local economy.
“We now have the chance to refurbish another historic local building and this is the latest example of the Council’s commitment to the wider regeneration of Barry.
"The hugely successful redevelopment of the Pumphouse building demonstrates the opportunities available in the Innovation Quarter for ambitious developers and the Council will continue to do all it can to encourage the most exciting companies to the location.”