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Love at first Senedd sight



I was bowled over by my pre-opening visit to the Senedd building for the new Welsh Assembly. There is real 'Whoa' surge at the sight of its daring stunning architecture and magnificent views over Cardiff Bay. My pictures do not do it justice. I ventilated my joy with this early day Motion on the Commons Order paper.

The cost, by the way, is a mere £67 million. That's a fifth of the price of Portcullis House built five years ago and eighth of that of the Scottish Parliament. Neither is beautiful in my view.

SENEDD BUILDING 10.01.2006

That this House hails the architectural jewel that is the Senedd building; applauds the graceful, ingenious simplicity and clarity of its design and the skilled work of architects and craftsmen; is delighted by the original use of the waved deep-eaved ceiling and the powerful symbolism of the structure's transparency; welcomes the inspired use of Welsh slate, steel and oak and the imaginative low-energy and environmentally-benign features including the elimination of air-conditioning with a wind-driven rotating light-well cowling; and believes the Senedd is a proud and beautiful affirmation of the strength of Welsh democracy and independent government.