- Cardiff International Sports Village
Cardiff International Sports Village (Welsh: "Pentref Chwaraeon Rhyngwladol Caerdydd"), which is also known as the Cardiff Sports Village or the ISV, is located in
Cardiff Bayin the city of Cardiff, Wales. It is one of the largest regeneration projects currently in the UK. It is a public-private funded project.
The site currently has a 50-metre (164 ft) Olympic standard swimming pool and a temporary
ice rink. Upon completion, it will have a snow domewith real snow for skiingand snowboarding, a water sports centre and hotel. It was envisaged to have a 220-metre (722 ft) observation tower and a super- casino, although both schemes are unlikely to ever to be realised. It is possible that some of the sporting facilities will be used as a training venue for the London 2012 Olympics[ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/london_2012/7275423.stm BBC SPORT | Olympics & Olympic sport | London 2012 | Olympic training venues - Wales ] ] along with the Millennium Stadium, which will host some of the football.
History of the site
In the early part of the 19th century Welsh coal was in much demand throughout the world. Cardiff was the centre of this export trade, but it was under the control of the Bute family. In 1859, the Taff Vale Railway Company created a series of wharves in the mouth of the
river Ely. By 1898 the site had a chain ferry (right) which gave Ferry Road its name. A subway was also created for dockers to travel to the site.
The Railway public house, named because of the criss cross of tracks over the site became known as the Red House. This well known inn was used as a beacon to navigate sea going craft until its recent demolition.
When the barrage was completed, the site became prime real estate again with a freshwater lake on the shore. This would eventually become the Cardiff International Sports Village.
The present facilities include the Cardiff Arena, which is a temporary
ice rink, two new superstores - Morrisonsand Toys "R" Us, and the residential developments of Victoria Wharf, Prospect Place and Watermark.
This temporary ice arena has a capacity of 2,500 for ice hockey and is home to the
The ice rink is a prefabricated structure constructed in Finland. Assembly began in 2006 and after a number of delays opened on 6 December 2006.
Cardiff International Pool
The Cardiff International Poolcite web |url= http://www.leisure-centre.com/centredetails.php?RECORD_KEY%28centres%29=ID&ID(centres)=76
publisher=Parkwood Leisure |title=Cardiff International Pool|accessdate=2008-02-14] opened on
12 January 2008and is a public-private funded project partnership between Cardiff Council (land owner), OLLC which is a partnership between Orion Land & Leisure and Explore Investments (developers) and Parkwood Leisure (operator). [ [http://www.cardiff.gov.uk/content.asp?nav=&id=6074&Positioning_Article_ID=&Language=&d1=0 Signing ceremony for pool] ] [ [http://www.leisure-centre.com/centredetails.php?RECORD_KEY(centres)=ID&ID(centres)=76 Parkwood Leisure manages Cardiff's newest International sport and leisure venue] ] [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/7184798.stm £32m Olympic pool opens its doors] ] Construction of the GB£32 million facility commenced in April 2006 and includes a m to ft|50|abbr=yes 10-lane competition swimming pool with seating for 1,000 spectators, a m to ft|25|abbr=yes 4-lane warm up/leisure pool, plus 4 flume rides, a beach area with water slides and a gym. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/7184798.stm £32m Olympic pool opens its doors] ] [ [http://www.cardiff.gov.uk/content.asp?nav=&id=6074&Positioning_Article_ID=&Language=&d1=0 Signing ceremony for pool] ] .
Cardiff Councilhad bid for the single super-casino licence or one of 8 large casino licences, but was unsuccessful in both bids, although Cardiff Council intend to press for a licence to be granted. [ [http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/news/wales-news/tm_headline=swansea-scoops-casino-licence-jackpot&method=full&objectid=18553353&siteid=50082-name_page.html Fight goes on, says Cardiff as Manchester pulls off shock win of only super-casino licence] ]
A 220 m viewing tower had been proposed for the ISV site. [ [http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/expats/expats-newsletter/page.cfm?objectid=16194780&method=full&siteid=50082 Take a look at the future of Welsh sport] ]
Pont y Werin
Also proposed is a m to ft|140|abbr=yes bridge, called Pont y Werin, linking the ISV and
Penarthcosting approximately GB£3.5 million, it would allow a crossing for pedestrians and cyclists. It would also allow the public to travel to the ISV via Cogan railway station. [ [http://www.cardiff.gov.uk/content.asp?nav=&id=5034&Positioning_Article_ID=&Language=&d1=0 Cardiff Council's proposed bridge] ] [ [http://www.cardiffbay.uk.com/showthread.php?p=318 Cardiff Bay to Penarth Bridge] ] The bridge had been designed by Faber Maunsell along with architects Holder Mathias.
The proposed residential developments include
Bay Pointe, which was due to include Wales’ tallest building at 41 storeys, [ [http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0200wales/tm_method=full%26objectid=19488002%26siteid=50082-name_page.html Bay Pointe the proposed tallest building in Wales] ] although revised plans now see the tallest tower at 33 storeys. [ [http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/news/wales-news/2008/01/16/conran-towers-bid-gets-scaled-down-91466-20353032/ Conran towers bid gets scaled down - icWales ] ]
The nearest station is
Cogan railway stationin Cogan, which is approximately 10 minutes away by foot. However, the nearest mainline station is Cardiff Central, adjacent to Cardiff Central bus station.
The site is served by bus services operated by
Cardiff Bus. Services 9 and 9A run through the site and terminate at the Heath Hospital via Central Station, while service 35 operates to Gabalfavia Cardiff city centre. Parts of Central Station are currently closed for approximately a year. Buses stop temporarily on Westgate Street instead. [ [http://www.cardiffbus.com/services/timetables/TIMES/MF/008MF.HTML Number 9 & 9A Bus Timetable - Monday - Friday] ] [ [http://www.cardiffbus.com/services/timetables/TIMES/SA/008SA.HTML Number 9 & 9A Bus Timetable - Saturdays] ] [ [http://www.cardiffbus.com/services/timetables/TIMES/SU/008SU.HTML Number 9 Bus Timetable - Sundays & Bank Holidays] ]
The nearest airport is
Cardiff International Airport, about 30 minutes away by road, or by rail on the Vale of Glamorgan line from Cogan railway station, which has frequent scheduled and charter flights to the UK, Europe, North America and Africa.
The site is in the Grangetown ward, which is part of Cardiff Council.
Criticism of the project
There has been criticism about the slow pace of development and car centric nature of the scheme. The first projects to be completed were private apartments and two superstores with large car parks. These were ridiculed by local residents for their bland architecture and wasted space.fact|date=July 2008 Concern was voiced that commercial development was being given precedance over the sports facilites. Since then progress has been made with the constuction of the International Pool and the temporary ice rink. These were not without thier controvosies though. Families have protested about the high cost of using the poolfact|date=July 2008
Cardiff Devilsfans were left fuming when the ice rinks opening was delayed by 2 months [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/6199544.stm] ] , forcing them to play home fixtures in other cities. Furthermore, in July 2008 it was announced by council leader Rodney Berman that there is a £55m funding shortfall for phase 2 of the project, delaying the construction of the new permanent ice rink/arena and "Las Vegas style" water feature. [ [http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2008/07/28/sports-village-funding-hit-by-55m-shortfall-91466-21415272/] ]
* [http://www.cardiffsportsvillage.co.uk/sports_village.php Cardiff International Sports Village official site]
* [http://www.cardiff.gov.uk/content.asp?Parent_Directory_id=2865&nav=2866,3386,4858,4860,4863 Cardiff Council page]
* [http://www.cardiffharbour.com/home/future.htm Cardiff Harbour page]
* [http://www.cardiffwalesmap.com/cardiffsportsvillage.htm Map of the site]
* [http://www.thecardiffdevils.com/ Cardiff Devils Ice Hockey Team]
* [http://www.leisure-centre.com/centredetails.php?RECORD_KEY%28centres%29=ID&ID(centres)=76 Cardiff International Pool official site]
* [http://www.cardiff360.co.uk/QTVR/sports_village_pool.html 360° view showing the Cardiff International Swimming Pool and the temporary Ice Rink to the left (blue)]
* [http://www.cardiff.gov.uk/content.asp?nav=2866%2C3386%2C4858%2C4863%2C5073&parent_directory_id=2865&positioning_article_id=&language=&sortkey= History of the ISV site]
* [http://www.baypointe.co.uk/ Bay Pointe residential development site]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Newport International Sports Village — Coordinates: 51°34′18″N 2°57′32″W / 51.5716°N 2.9589°W / 51.5716; 2.9589 Newport International Sports Village is an area … Wikipedia
Cardiff International Pool — The Cardiff International Pool (Welsh: Pwll Rhyngwladol Caerdydd ) is located in the Cardiff International Sports Village in Cardiff, Wales.cite web |url= http://www.leisure centre.com/centredetails.php?RECORD KEY%28centres%29=ID ID(centres)=76… … Wikipedia
Cardiff City Stadium — Stadiwm Dinas Caerdydd Location Cardiff, Wa … Wikipedia
Cardiff — For other uses, see Cardiff (disambiguation). City and County of Cardiff Dinas a Sir Caerdydd Clockwise from top: Cardiff Bay, the Senedd, Cardiff University and the Millennium Stadium … Wikipedia
Cardiff Bay — Infobox UK place official name=Cardiff Bay local name= The Bay or Tiger Bay country=Wales static area total sq mi= area total km2 = population density= os grid reference= map type= latitude=51.463 longitude= 3.164 post town=CARDIFF postcode… … Wikipedia
Cardiff — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Cardiff … Wikipedia Español
Cardiff Council — The logo of City and County of Cardiff council The arms of City and County of Cardiff Control Liberal Democrats/Plaid Cymru MPs … Wikipedia
Cardiff Central bus station — is the main bus transport interchange in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. With 34 stands, it is the largest bus station in the city and in Wales. It is located adjacent to Cardiff Central railway station forming a major bus rail taxi… … Wikipedia
City Hall, Cardiff — Cardiff City Hall The City Hall logo with VC stands for Villa Cardiff … Wikipedia
Sport in Cardiff — plays a very important role due to it being the capital city of Wales. It has its own teams in the mainstream football, rugby, cricket and ice hockey teams, and is also home to national stadiam of Wales.FootballCardiff has one main professional… … Wikipedia