The Vale of Glamorgan Council has agreed to market the Barry Island Station building for a possible mix of restaurants, shops, business units and residential tourism properties.
The building will shortly be marketed with the aim of complimenting Barry’s seaside resort, capitalising on the success of the rejuvenated Island and the regeneration of neighbouring Barry Waterfront and its Innovation Quarter.
The Goodsheds, a former railway storage building on Hood Road has been converted into a shipping container village of office space, retail units, restaurants and a coffee shop alongside an apartment complex.
Before that, the Pumphouse, another 19th Century Building with major historical significance, became home to the award-winning Hang Fire Southern Kitchen, Academy espresso bar and other businesses.
Further exciting developments are in the pipeline at the waterfront’s Innovation Quarter, including proposals for a new college campus, primary school and The Engine Room, which will offer further quality office accommodation.
Under these latest proposals, current tenants Cambrian Transport, who operate the Barry Tourist Railway, would remain at the station.
Cllr Lis Burnett, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration, said: “This is a hugely exciting opportunity to redevelop one of Barry’s most iconic buildings.
“Following on from the success of similar regeneration projects at nearby locations, we hope this can be another project that turns an underused site into something vibrant and modern that will be of significant benefit to the local community.
“I can’t wait to study the proposals we receive and discover what the future could hold for Barry Island Station.”