Talks to secure future of Coal Exchange in Cardiff Bay

Historic image of the Coal Exchange The Coal Exchange saw the first £1m cheque signed in 1904 when Cardiff was the world's biggest coal-exporting port

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A plan to reopen one of Cardiff's most historic buildings has been unveiled.

The Coal Exchange in Cardiff Bay, once the hub of the coal and shipping industries in south Wales, shut without notice last June for safety reasons.

The 127-year-old venue could be converted into business and residential use.

Owners Macob Exchange, Julian Hodge Bank and Cardiff council will hold talks to discuss the idea.

Coal Exchange history

  • The Coal Exchange, built between 1883 and 1886, was where coal owners, ship owners and their agents met daily on the floor of the trading hall during the 19th Century coal boom
  • At one time the price of the world's coal was determined there and in 1904 the world's first recorded £1m deal was struck at the exchange
  • But Cardiff's fortunes as a coal-exporting port took a downturn following World War I and the exchange closed in 1958
  • It was later considered as a possible home of the Welsh assembly but in 2001 it became an entertainment venue.

The council is hoping to work with the owners and bank to secure the building's future.

The Grade ll-listed site has been used for live music and other events over the last two decades and since the hall reopened again in 2009.

Russell Goodway, cabinet member for finance and economic development, said: "The previous attempt by the owner to regenerate the building was hit by the property crash.

"But we are now hopeful that a scheme can be delivered that will save this historical landmark and recover the costs incurred to date by the council, without the need for any further financial investment by the council."

Traders at the Coal Exchange Coal owners, ship owners and their agents traded on the floor of Exchange Hall

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