The Senedd is the main public building of the Welsh Parliament, the main centre for democracy and devolution in Wales. It is an open building – a building into which you can walk, have a cup of coffee in the Oriel on the upper level, and go into the public galleries from the Neuadd on the centre level. It is not just visitors that come here to see and enjoy the Senedd – we also have performers, singers, exhibitions and all sorts of activities going on, check our calendar for more information.
The building is built of traditional Welsh materials such as slate from North Wales, steel from Port Talbot and other sustainable materials. It is also sustainable in the way it is heated; for example, the earth exchange system uses heat from the bottom of the old dock, on which the Senedd stands, before it became the area which is now Cardiff Bay.
This is what this building represents. It represents sustainability, it represents democracy but its more than that too – it is the symbol of the new nation that Wales has become. This is the home to Welsh democracy in action.
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