A French Renaissance landmark located in Penarth overlooking Cardiff Bay is continuing to rot as plans to convert it back into a hotel continue to be put on hold. The building, known as Marine Buildings, has stood empty for the past 30 years. It has been the victim of fire and continuous water damage as the roof has largely collapsed leaving the building under ever more strain from the elements. The building has now been declared structurally unsound after many of the internal walls have collapsed. The impressive front facade is constructed of yellow brick topped off at either end with French pavilion roofs,(one of which now has fallen in).
In 2012 the estimated cost of the redevelopment of the building stood at 6 million pounds. This would include the building of a modern extension to the side and rear as well restoring the existing buildings facade to its former grandeur, reinstating the French Renaissance elements that give this building its distinctive look. The four star boutique hotel would boast 55 bedrooms, a wine bar and a restaurant.