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Roath Lock

Roath Lock is a television production studio that housed BBC drama productions including Doctor Who. Both Casualty and Pobol y Cwm continue to be filmed here; the centre topped out on 20 February 2011 and filming for such productions commenced in autumn of the same year. The facility is located on a development site known as Porth Teigr, which included a proposed 3,700-square-metre digital media centre and an interactive exhibition titled Doctor Who Experience; the facility has 500 to 600 people working on site. The successful planning application sought permission for a 300-metre long, 20,000-square-metre building housing studios and offices with a distinctive façade and repeating motifs, it will have a gothic-style entrance inspired by some of William Burges' designs at Cardiff Castle and Castell Coch. The planning application showed the building would face the National Assembly's Tŷ Hywel building and the Atradius building across the water of Roath Basin. FAT architecture were appointed as architects and designed a bold facade in homage to the Cardiff architecture of William Burges and the local South Wales landscape.

Unusual requirements for the building included an exact replica, in design and orientation, of the Bristol studio's Holby City carpark and corridors wide enough for two Daleks to pass one another. The 16,300 square metres of studios were constructed and fitted out within 13 months, marking the quickest BBC build of its size ever; the name of the drama village, Roath Lock, was announced at the topping out ceremony in January 2011. A £2.5m bridge linking the drama village to Cardiff Bay was lifted into place. The bridge was manufactured in nearby Newport from where it was broken down into twelve pieces to allow transportation; the building branding was manufactured in Cardiff by a local company which designed and implement the wayfinding signs The development has brought under one roof the production of shows filmed in Cardiff's Broadcasting House, at Upper Boat Studios near Pontypridd, in Bristol. Programmes confirmed to be produced at the studios include: Doctor Who Casualty Pobol y Cwm Upstairs Downstairs Wizards vs AliensAfter the studios and external filming lots were fitted out, filming for Pobol y Cwm and Casualty began in autumn 2011.

Doctor Who moved into the 170,000 sq ft site in 2012. The Sarah Jane Adventures was scheduled to move to the facility in 2012, but future production of the series was halted in April 2011 due to the death of lead actress Elisabeth Sladen and will no longer continue; the village is part of the BBC's commitment to double television network production from Cardiff by 2016. Roath Basin is the largest single remaining undeveloped site in Cardiff Bay, it consists of 27 acres and has an outline planning permission for 1,000 new homes and 100,000 sq m of commercial floor space. Igloo Regeneration, an investment fund managed by Aviva Investments, was selected by the Assembly Government as the Development Partner for the project. Investment of £8.5 million is needed to provide a road connection through the site providing both private and public transport from Pierhead Street through to the Norwegian Church, where a new bridge will need to be constructed over the existing lock-entrance to the dock. The project comprises inter-dependent, components.

The Roath Lock Drama Village is served by the Baycar service operated by Cardiff Bus, running every 10 minutes to Cardiff Bay and the City Centre. Broadcasting House, Cardiff BBC Wales Media in Cardiff Media related to Roath Lock at Wikimedia Commons BBC Wales at BBC Online BBC Cymru at BBC Online

Božidar Rašica

Božidar Rašica was an architect and painter. Rašica was born in Slovenia, to Serbian parents, he studied in Rome, Belgrade and Zagreb, where he graduated in 1942. He was one of the founding members of the Exat 51 group whose active members between 1950 and 1956 were architects Bernardo Bernardi, Zdravko Bregovac, Vjenceslav Richter and Vladimir Zaharović, painters Vlado Kristl, Ivan Picelj and Aleksandar Srnec. From 1966 he worked as a professor at the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb, he designed numerous residential and school buildings. Of particular interest are the pavilions at the Zagreb International Fair and residential and business buildings in Zagreb, he renovated the buildings of the Gavella Theatre, the Revlin fortress and the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb and in Split. He received an international architectural award in 1965 for the German Democratic Republic pavilion project. At the beginning of his painting career he used colouristic expression. In the 1950s he turned to pure abstract art.

At the beginning of the 1970s he returned to figurative art. The subjects of Rašica’s paintings were the seaside settings and landscapes that surrounded him: Zagreb and its surrounding islands and the Istrian landscapes and townscapes for example, Vrsar, he designed around 50 stage sets for theatre shows, costumes for Croatian and international theatres, including Covent Garden in London, the Rockefeller Centre in New York and Schiller Theatre in Berlin. He participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions and projects in Croatia and abroad, received several national and international honours and awards: for example, he was the recipient of the Vladimir Nazor Award for architecture and urbanism in 1978, he died in Croatia. The Božidar Rašica Collection was founded in 2004 as part of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka thanks to the donation by the artist’s wife, Vera Marsić. Maković, Marsić, Vera & Selem, Petar, Božidar Rašica. Božidar Rašica Collection

Ronaldsway railway station

Ronaldsway Halt is a request stop on the Isle of Man Railway between Castletown and Ballasalla at Ronaldsway, near the Isle of Man Airport. Passengers wishing to board the train here can signal the driver to stop the train; the halt is situated behind the Ronaldsway Industrial Estate beside the Silverburn River at the midway point between the stations at Ballasalla and Castletown. Ronaldsway is the site of the Battle of Ronaldsway in 1275, which saw the Isle of Man transfer from Norse rule to Scottish rule. On the west side of the halt is a large field known as the Great Meadow, once a horse racing track and played host to the island's annual southern agricultural show; the halt was introduced in 1967, to compete for airport traffic with taxis. At that time there was just a simple nameboard, the halt was mentioned only intermittently in timetables; as part of a major overhaul of the entire line as part of an all-island sewerage network in 2001, a pipeline was laid beneath the railway line and the permanent way replaced, the halt received a small waiting platform consisting of built up sleepers.

Because of the short walk from the airport, air passengers board trains here. The halt's name is that of the nearby airport. For the 1971 season only it was re-titled as Great Meadow Halt in reference to the large field and one-time race course that lies adjacent to the halt; when bilingual Manx/English nameboards were introduced on the line, a replacement nameboard was added in 2009 showing the Manx Gaelic name of Staad Roonysvie and is still there today. Isle of Man Railway stations Ronaldsway Isle of Man Airport James I. C. Boyd Isle Of Man Railway, Volume 3, The Routes & Rolling Stock ISBN 0-85361-479-2 Norman Jones Scenes from the Past: Isle of Man Railway ISBN 1-870119-22-3 Robert Hendry Rails in the Isle of Man: A Colour Celebration ISBN 1-85780-009-5 A. M Goodwyn Manx Transport Kaleidoscope, 2nd Edition Castletown Station Isle Of Man Guide Online Reference Guide