I'm a bit disappointed that nothing is going to go there.
In my opinion Hirael Bay is one of the few VERY pretty areas of Bangor. I include the Pier under this as well- a fantastic asset yet is totally underused.
You compare the area around Bangor's pier and other pier's in the area - I think it's a disgrace.
Hopefully one day somebody could build a marina there and a hotel - one place to take inspiration from is Deganwy.
Maybe we can use European grants better in the future (e.g on regeneration) rather than spending them on projects like 'Communities First'
I think what is planned will be more of the same type/style of dwellings that they built under phase 1. What flooding will beset the site over the next 20 years will need to be seen.
Flood Map 2013
Unfortunately Watkin Jones have land banked the area and will be looking for a commercial return on the investment.
Sadly they appear to lack the vision, will or skills to create anything worthwhile here so we will end up with something disappointing, which is sad for the city being such a key area.
This is of course not helped by the downturn and the lack of investors/anchor tenants for hotels/marinas... and fueled by a sense of needing to develop for jobs etc.. regardless of any vision, coherency or quality.
We are seeing allot of 60's architecture going, particularly businesses, so maybe this is the next raft of '60's architecture' we will see going in 40-50 years. Surrounded still by the Victorian townhouses which look onto the site.
That said WJ's restorations (eg. British Hotel/Garth School) and brown field sites (eg Plaza) have been good, and there is more of that to come with the restoration of Plas Y Coed - hopefully. But building on important sites like this is out of their league.