Cardiff Council are exploring the possibility of marketing one of their oldest buildings for venue hire for corporate and private events as a means of generating extra income.

Mansion House in the Roath area of the city is being scrutinized by council officials with a view to launching a sophisticated marketing campaign to encourage venue hire bookings at the grade ll listed building.

The city council has a target of raising £20,000 extra income this year despite severe budget cuts. One way they are hoping to achieve this, is through hiring out the Mansion House for corporate events and private use. The venue has a civil licence so the council are planning to use this to their advantage by marketing Mansion House as a wedding venue in Cardiff.

The Mansion house dates back to 1896 and was originally built for renowned businessman and draper James Howells. The council acquired the building, formerly known as Grove House, in 1913 and from then on it was used by the Lord Mayor and council staff. Mansion House is currently home to a collection of artwork and also civic artefacts. There are also two flats above the main house which are currently unoccupied.

If the new plans go ahead, Mansion House will be marketed as a premier venue in the Welsh capital which will be available to hire for wedding receptions and civil ceremonies, and also to host private parties and corporate functions.