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Touch down

Betsan Powys | 12:35 UK time, Friday, 3 September 2010

The revamp of the HQ of the Unite union and the Wales Labour Party at the top of Cathedral Road in Cardiff is finally nearing completion - much to the relief, you imagine, of party press officers. Those shots of a building under scaffolding and surrounded by mud was quite a handy metaphor for journalists for a party that at times - after the European elections comes to mind - felt as if it was under electoral siege.

The transformation of the building from a rather drab, boxy slab into a ... umm, rather drab boxy slab with a brand new glass entrance hall has taken what seems like years, but the finishing touches are now in place.

And what touches! A series of large, flashing red lights up the side of the building have been installed, described by one passer-by as giving the place the look of an Eastern Bloc nightclub. I'll take his word for it.

I wonder if the designers realise it's on the main drag back from the centre of Cardiff to Canton? Mind you, inadvertently attracting well refreshed revellers trying to get a nightcap on their way home from the clubs may not be the biggest problem.

It's also on the flightpath into Cardiff Wales airport ...

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