Forgeside House in Cardiff is reopening after a £1 million facelift - and the refurbished building continues to welcome back existing tenants as well as new arrivals.
Training providers ASTS Rail Ltd have recently taken space in the upgraded building, part of the Cardiff Bay Business Centre run and owned by Tata Steel subsidiary UK Steel Enterprise, and demand is high for the property.
ASTS Rail Ltd is working with contractors involved in the electrification of the London to Swansea rail line and the wider community, and are delighted with the new premises, which they say are the ideal location for their work.
Carl Stephenson of ASTS Rail Ltd said: “Cardiff Bay Business Centre has excellent training facilities on site. This is a prestige location, very suitable for my clients, and it has plenty of parking and is easy to access from the M4.”
ASTS Rail Ltd are impressed by the revamped and modernised building, complete with its own exercise room.
Glyn Thomas of UK Steel Enterprise said he was pleased with results of the project and the response to it. “This is one of the iconic buildings of Welsh industry - it was originally the testing laboratories for the giant East Moors steelworks. With this in mind, we wanted a solution which preserved the character of Forgeside House, yet brought it into the modern era.
“The refurbishment has attracted interest from all types of businesses, due to the excellent facilities and easy-in, easy-out flexible terms we are able to offer. Location is proving a major pull, with fast access to the M4.
ASTS Rail Ltd’s sister company ASTS is looking forward to expanding further in its new home, providing Advanced Safety Training Services to the wider community and to the workers electrifying the South Wales to London rail line, an essential project for the future of the Welsh economy.