For more than 80 years the fantastic structure of a water tower has graced visitors arriving via rail to Cardiff Central Station and is one of first things that people see alongside The Millennium Stadium and the bus station!
The 15m high Grade II listed brick structure was originally built in 1932 to replenish water supplies to steam locomotive engines but was no longer required when the trains were upgraded.
In the early 1980’s it was painted with the daffodil design which became a much brighter, friendly and recognizable landmark. This design lasted over 20 years before the structure looked run-down and in needing of some care and attention.
It was rumoured that a competition was going to run to find an artist and suitable design for a much-needed makeover which would need to be ready for when the Olympics 2012 come to town.
Unfortunately Cardiff Council didn’t find a suitable winning design therefore resulting in the decision that it was going to be restored to the colours of the original train company Great Western Railway (GWR) with it’s iconic colour scheme of beige and brown.
According to Network Rail’s application, the drab colours are in keeping with that used by Great Western Railway architects in the 1930s.
Near the end of June, 2012, scaffolding has began to be erected around the structure where cleaning work, re-rendering and eventually the new colour scheme painting work has begun.
Watch this space for the end results to be revealed very soon!