The stunning restoration work undertaken by Loft Co at Cardiff Bay station was recognised on Wednesday 2 June 2021 when the plaque for the Southeastern Commercial Restoration Award, which had been announced at the National Railway Heritage Award’s virtual ceremony on 2 December 2020, was formally unveiled by NRHA chairman Theo Steel.
The building, which is Grade II listed, is located adjacent to Cardiff bay station and dates originally to the 1840s when Isambard Kingdom Brunel was engineer for the Taff Vale Railway. Used as the railway’s headquarters until 1862, the building had a variety of uses with part functioning as the booking office. In the 1980s the station was restored as a railway museum but, following the museum’s closure in 1997, the building was empty for more than two decades and became derelict. By 2017 it had appeared on the Victorian Society’s list of the ten most endangered buildings. The work in restoring the building took some eight months before its completion in the late summer of 2019.
Theo Steel, chairman of the National Railway Heritage Awards, with Simon Branston from Loft Co following the unveiling of the plaque at Cardiff Bay on Wednesday 2 June 2021
The completed building viewed from Bute Street; the successful restoration of the Grade II listed structure was rewarded with the Southeastern Commercial Restoration Award at the 2020 National Railway Heritage Awards.