A historic city building is to be “spruced up” after a proposal to transform it into a huge work of art was turned down.
As previously reported, Barry-born artist Dan Llywelyn Hall had submitted plans to paint a colourful mural on the old water tower at Cardiff Central station.
But Cardiff council’s planning committee this week rejected the 31-year-old’s designs, which were described as “inappropriate” by council officers.
Network Rail, which owns the heritage-listed concrete building, now plans to restore the 15m-tall landmark “to its former glory” in time for the 2012 Olympics.
However, a Network Rail spokeswoman said the firm was limited in what it could do to improve the tower, due to its heritage listed status.
“We have a plan to spruce up and restore the tower, but we will also need to apply for a listed consent application,” she said.
“We are very limited by what we can do, we would have to use the original materials and it has to be very close to what it looked like.
“The plan is to restore it to its former, but it’s still at a very early stage.”
Cardiff council officers had suggested launching a public competition to create a new artistic design for the tower.
However, the Network Rail spokeswoman said this was unlikely to happen.
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