Coal Exchange 'a cantankerous old lady'
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Coal Exchange was 'a cantankerous old lady' to develop

Cardiff's Grade II*-listed Coal Exchange has reopened after a £40m project to save it.

The Mount Stuart Square building, last used as an arts venue, closed in 2013 and was described as "a crumbling eyesore" by developer Signature Living.

Built in 1883, it was once where the world price of coal was set and the first £1m cheque signed.

Its future had been under threat but the Grand Hall and 40 hotel rooms opened on Saturday.

Lawrence Kenwright, owner of Signature Living, said the building had been "a cantankerous old lady" to develop.

  • 20 May 2017
  • From the section Wales
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