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Tuesday, 28 April, 1998, 14:34 GMT 15:34 UK
Welsh Assembly to be sited at Cardiff Bay
The Secretary of State for Wales Ron Davies
Ron Davies decides on Cardiff Bay
The Welsh Secretary, Ron Davies, has ended months of speculation and confirmed the National Assembly for Wales will have its home on a site close to city's waterfront.

Mr Davies said the building "would be the focus for Wales' future and make a bold statement about our aspirations as a nation."

The waterfront site is next to the historic Pierhead building, and was chosen ahead of its rival - Bute Square - closer to the city centre. At a news conference, Mr Davies revealed the verdict of months of behind-the-scenes negotiations.

The headquarters will not be ready in time for the first elections to the devolved body in May next year. But after an inaugural session in the University of Wales building, Cardiff, the assembly will operate from Crickhowell House.

There will be a competition to select an architect and design for the new building, which will be linked to Crickhowell House and provide the Chamber and other facilities.

Mr Davies said: "As a result of prolonged negotiations, the Pierhead building is available to me at a very competitive rate.

"A free site, existing office accommodation and the prestigious and historic Pierhead are three elements which together make an unbeatable package and one which offers outstanding value for money."

The one-acre site earmarked for the assembly is a key part of Cardiff Bay's inner harbour, which has been the focal point of major office and commercial leisure developments over recent years.

By the time the assembly building is complete, there will be a 500-acre freshwater lake with more than eight miles of permanent waterfront created by a huge barrage across Cardiff Bay.

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Correspondent Wyre Davies with details of the announcement
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