Lord Crickhowell has stated that future Cardiff Bay development requires a more coordinated approach if it is to succeed.
Although he has proclaimed the regeneration of the former docklands to be a major success, he opposes the latest plan to redevelop the area for flats.
The current situation traces its roots to April 1987, when the Cardiff Bay Development Corporation was set up to regenerate the stretch of dockland between Penarth and Cardiff. Its purpose was to improve the image and economic well-being of the local area and put Cardiff on the international map.
After four years of controversy and a threat by Welsh Secretary Nicholas Edwards (Lord Crickhowell) to resign, work on Cardiff Bay development started in 1994. It was completed in 1999 and earned a distinction as one of the largest engineering projects in Europe.
More expansion came in the ensuing years, primarily in the form of thousands of apartments and volumes of office space. The skyline changed further when the Wales Millennium Centre and the Senedd, two of Cardiff’s most iconic buildings, were opened in 2004 and 2006 respectively. Cardiff Bay now plays hosts to many popular events, including a popular beach at Roald Dahl Plass.
Chartered surveyors Cooke and Arkwright were advisors during the early stages of the overall redevelopment. Former chairman Roger Thomas recently said that the Cardiff Bay Development Corporation left a legacy worthy of pride.