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Work set to begin on Mermaid Quay Revamp


Schroder UK Real Estate Fund (SREF) has announced that refurbishment work on Cardiff Bay’s Mermaid Quay, is due to restart on the week commencing 6 September.

Planning for the public realm works was granted back in 2018 and the initial phases, including redecoration, new wall finishes and high level signage, completed in 2019. However, the remaining works were halted due to Covid-19.

Now the refurbishment of the 150,000 sq ft centre, which has welcomed over 100 million visitors since it opened in 1999, is due to resume.

The improvement works will include the creation of a stylish new landscaped public space in Tacoma Square, right at the heart of Mermaid Quay overlooking Cardiff Bay.

Developers says the revamp will provide a fantastic new location for the centre’s extensive programme of events and entertainment, as well as an area where people can sit and enjoy the waterfront.

The plans also include exciting new lighting and cladding to the bridge that spans Bute Street, complete with a welcome bilingual message “Mwynha Dy Ddiwrnod / Enjoy Your Day”, plus new lighting along the water’s edge on the Lower Boardwalk, new seating and street furniture, planters and banners to animate the streets and waterfront.

The works are scheduled to be completed just before Easter 2022.

The refurbishment will transform the appearance of Mermaid Quay, creating a contemporary dockside feel in keeping with its stunning waterfront location and ensuring that the centre retains its status as one of the most popular leisure locations in Wales. This approach is in line with Cardiff Council’s ambitious vision for the future of Cardiff Bay – which includes a new 15,000 capacity event arena, a new national Museum of Military Medicine and a new light rail/tram system.

Harry Pickering, SREF’s Head of UK Retail, commented: “This is a very exciting time for Mermaid Quay. As Covid-19 restrictions ease we have started to see a strong rise in visitors returning to the centre and we are working closely with our retailers and leisure operators to ensure their reopening runs as smoothly as possible.”

“The centre has always been the ‘jewel in the crown’ in The Bay, but if we are to continue to be attractive to our customers, it’s important that it continues to evolve. The refurbishment work to Mermaid Quay outlines SREF’s commitment to the Cardiff Bay area and the revamp will enliven the customer experience and create superb new public spaces to match the scheme’s beautiful waterfront setting. We can’t wait to get started.”

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