7th November 2019

Plans Revealed For New Cardiff Bay Attraction

Plans for a new museum on what is currently the site of a grade II* listed building in Cardiff Bay have been revealed.

If approved, the 51,000 sq ft Museum of Military Medicine will house a collection of artefacts currently in Aldershot and be built on a plot which is currently partly occupied by the Lock Keeper's Cottage close to the Norwegian Church.

The site is known as Britannia Park and previously hosted the Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre, known locally as "The Tube".

As part of the proposal, the Lock Keepers Cottage will be relocated to the other side of Harbour Drive, closer to the Norwegian Church. A children's play area and the "Beastie Benches" public art installation will also be moved elsewhere.

The application's design and access statement, prepared by Scott Brownrigg on behalf of the museum, said: "Cardiff Bay has a direct connection with the Army Medical Services story, as it was the embarkation point for wounded soldiers in WWI on their way to the military hospitals in South Wales and the western side of England. Political support from the Welsh Assembly Government has also been forthcoming, with the approbation of the cabinet secretary for economy and infrastructure, Ken Skates, for the project, and before him his predecessor Edwina Hart.

"By relocating the collection to an urban centre with a bigger population, the problem of physical access is removed, enabling the Armed Medical Services story to be presented to a wider range of visitors and its collections made fully accessible.

"Moreover, such a situation opens up the possibility of working with local audiences rather than those spread across a wide geographic area, hence bolstering local tourism and responding to local business initiatives, promoting education programmes with a greater concentration of schools and colleges within a specific radius, and offering volunteering and work experience opportunities to a greater demographic due to population density.

"The location of Britannia Park is the gateway to Porth Teigr, connects to Roald Dahl Plas and will be the ‘first steps’ towards a destination around Alexandra Head and the Barrage. The council have ambition to upgrade the Britannia Park site to create an exciting visitor destination in its own right with the facility to host external events. The new location and regeneration of Lock Keepers Cottage will support both the upgraded park space and the new museum of national significance."

Cardiff Council will decide on the project in due course

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