- Pierhead Building
The Pierhead Building is a
Grade 1 listedbuilding of the National Assembly for Walesand is adjacent to the Seneddbuilding and the Wales Millennium Centrein Cardiff Bay, Wales. It stands as one of the city of Cardiff's most familiar landmarks.
This Grade One listed building was built in 1897 and designed by William Frame. His mentor
William Burges, was the architectof Castell Cochand the newer elements of Cardiff Castle. It was a replacement for the headquarters of the Bute Dock Company which burnt down in 1892.
The firm was renamed Cardiff Railway Company in 1897. A
coat of armson the building's façade bears the company's motto "wrth ddwr a than" (by fire and water) encapsulating the elements creating the steam power which transformed Wales. Incorporating a French-Gothic Renaissancetheme, the Pierhead boasts details such as hexagonal chimneys, carved friezes, gargoyles, and a highly ornamental and distinctive clock tower. Its exterior is finished in glazed terracottablocks. These features, along with the Pierhead's role in the development of the docks, Cardiff and industrial Wales earned it the status of a Grade One listed building.
The Pierhead became the administrative office for the Port of Cardiff in 1947 and is now the location of "The Assembly at the Pierhead", the Visitor and Education Centre for the National Assembly for Wales. The exhibition provides visitors with a unique opportunity to access the most up-to-date information on who's who, what's happening and how the Assembly works.
The clock on the building is unofficially known as as "Baby Big Ben" [cite news
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