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Drone images show state of troubled Cardiff hotel due to reopen soon

The Grade II listed Coal Exchange is scheduled to relaunch in March

A bird's-eye view of the Coal Exchange hotel in Cardiff
A bird's-eye view of the Coal Exchange hotel in Cardiff

Drone images have revealed how Cardiff Bay's troubled Coal Exchange hotel is looking ahead of next month's planned reopening. The Grade II-listed building, which dates back to 1888, was used as a market floor for coal trading when the Welsh capital was a hub of the global coal trade, and in more recent years has been run as a hotel.

In December the business that owns the freehold repossessed the site from the operating company after a row between the two firms. The hotel closed shortly afterwards and is due to reopen on March 8 under new management. South Wales fire service has recently served prohibition notices on the building as its north side was in a state of partial collapse.

The site has been marred by maintenance problems and safety concerns for some time. In February last year a burst pipe forced the hotel to close and the water build-up was so severe that part of the building had to be demolished after Cardiff Council raised concerns over its structural soundness.

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