One of our passions at ad hoc designs is helping to breathe new life into old buildings. So it was a special thrill to work on the redevelopment of Empire House in Cardiff Bay. We were commissioned to design and install a cantilever staircase with floating steps to the two story penthouse suite and the glass and stainless steel balustrading on the impressive roof terrace.
The six-storey building stands as a monument to Wales’ great industrial past. It was built by Cardiff architects Percy Thomas and Ivor Jones in 1926 and soon became a hub for the thriving coal export trade, with Reardon Smith operating within its four walls.
As the coal industry faded, so did this Cardiff Bay landmark. 80 years after its heyday, the grade II* listed building was unused and unloved.
But now Empire House has been reborn, thanks to the vision of Cardiff Bay Investments Ltd. They commissioned architects Alwyn Jones to conceptualise its transformation into 39 luxury apartments with an additional two storey rear and upper extension.
Contractors R & M Williams did a marvelous job, exposing and retaining original features, including mahogany paneling and the entrance hall’s marble flooring.
We think it is a stunning result and have a selection of pictures portraying the finished products. Please contact us to discuss this or any other projects that interest you.