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12th July 2019

Loft Co completes the purchase of the Goodsheds in Barry

BY: Nathan Spackman

Loft Co, the company behind the redevelopment of the Pumphouse and Windsor Lofts has completed the purchase of the Goodsheds.

The development, subject to planning permission, proposes the conversion of a historic 1880s railway Goods Shed (the Gwalia Buildings on Hood Road) into a vibrant business and entertainment village featuring a range of pop-up cafes and bars, a technology hub, live work units and accommodation for small, local businesses that will trade out of modified shipping containers.

The existing 'Goodsheds' building

This scheme is the latest phase of the Innovation Quarter (IQ) at Barry Waterfront, a regeneration joint venture between the Vale of Glamorgan Council and the Welsh Government aimed at establishing a mixed use urban quarter in the heart of Barry Waterfront.

Mr Baston, who was also instrumental in the redevelopment of the Tramshed in Cardiff, plans to put a business tech hub in the brick building, also know as Gwalia Buildings, as well as a high end restaurant and a brewery/wine bar.
On there will be units featuring a number of well-known local pop-up brands. These could include; Hangfire, Meat & Greek, Mr Croquewich, Dusty Knuckle, Hangfire, and Brother Thai.

The top floor of the shipping container unit will be a bar run by the nearby Academy Espresso Bar.

The Developers say the project, which it describes as the UK's first Urban High Street will open in June 2020.

How the development could look when it opens in June 2020

In September 2018 Managing Director of DS Properties, Simon Baston, stated “DS properties are absolutely delighted to announce that they are continuing their partnership with the Vale of Glamorgan Council in purchasing the iconic Goods Shed. DS anticipates that the scheme will provide over 200 long term employment opportunities. It will also give an affordable and flexible solution to small and medium size enterprises in the Vale.

“DS genuinely believe that this is a new ‘urban high street’ for the 21st Century and is pleased that the Local Authority has seen the benefit of this scheme for residents as well as local businesses.

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