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Cardiff planning consultancy appointed in Coal Exchange development

The Coal Exchange Hotel

Eden Grove Developments Limited, the freeholder of The Coal Exchange Hotel in Cardiff Bay, has appointed KEW Planning to help with the redevelopment of the iconic site.

KEW Planning, which is based in the city, completes an all-Cardiff team which are working on submitting options for the future use of the site.

Speaking of the appointment, Kathryn Williams, Managing Director of KEW Planning, said; “To say I am delighted to be working on this project is an understatement. Being Cardiff born and bred, I have a vested interest in making sure this iconic landmark is restored to its former glory.

“The Coal Exchange should be the jewel in the crown of Cardiff Bay and with our support, we are working towards ensuring this is a reality in the near future.”

KEW Planning, which was established nearly six years ago, has worked on many regeneration projects and it was Kathryn’s personal interest and tenacity that drove and resulted in the team’s involvement.

Kathryn said: “I had researched the site extensively and have had many dealings with nearby properties throughout my career. Being very familiar with the area, I took a gamble and approached Eden Grove, the freeholder of the site, with my ideas.

“Fortunately, this allowed us to have more formal discussions which led to us being appointed.”

The site is currently being reviewed by Kathryn, working with an all-Cardiff team, examining several development options. Joining KEW Planning on the project is Burroughs (engineering and project management), Austin Smith Lord (architects) and Harrison Clark Rickerby (legals).

The next step is to submit the proposed options to Cardiff Council’s conservation and planning officers, for initial advice ahead of consultation and engagement with key stakeholders and the local community.

Kathryn said “We are working on four options for the site, one of which includes maintaining the existing hotel function, to operate alongside new residential/ serviced accommodation.

“The potential is huge for the site and we are delighted to play a role in helping The Coal Exchange Hotel have a sustainable future that maximises the potential of the whole site.”