Specifier Review
Sitting on the Roca the bay

Sitting on the Roca the bay

Roca’s bathroom products have been used across a range of apartments and town houses currently being built in Cardiff Bay. Developed by Portabella, the project includes new builds as well as the refurbishment of an old Art Deco hospital. Designed to appeal to Cardiff’s young professional crowd, Portabella’s homes boast contemporary styling and cool, stand-out fixtures and fittings, which include Roca’s sanitaryware, brassware and bathroom furniture.

Cardiff Bay is Europe’s largest city centre waterfront and has fast established itself as a vibrant location with plenty of restaurants, clubs and bars to keep its’ cosmopolitan clientele happy. Portabella’s current development is taking place over two-phases – the first phase ‘Dixie’, is complete, with the re-purposing of St Winnifred’s Hospital, the second phase, due for completion next August.

Dixie comprises 43 apartments, each designed with lifestyle in mind. Ranging from one and two bedrooms, balanced layouts have been optimised for space and comfort, with added extras such as a communal yoga space in the block’s courtyard. In the bathrooms, Roca’s products have been used throughout with extra wide shower cubicles featuring the Essential Shower Column, which includes a hydro massage function, sleek and stylish Kalahari and Element basins, and Meridian-N Compact back to wall WC, to help make the best use of space.


It’s not just the sanitaryware Roca’s contributed; brassware comes courtesy of L20, which includesan eco-disc cartridge to minimise water wastage and mixer taps, Loft Elite. Roca also supplied a range of bathroom furniture from its The Gap Unik and Kalahari ranges, providing functional storage options that also look the part.

“We chose Roca because we like them the best,” said Peter Reilly, Director at Portabella. “Their products are well-designed and of a high quality, with modern styling that matches the overall look of our apartments. The versatility of options is perfect for niche developments like ours and the customer response has been fantastic. Our clients are a fashion conscious crowd and Roca’s range has certainly met their expectations.

“It wasn’t just the products we liked, either,” he added. “The Roca team have proved hugely helpful and we wouldn’t hesitate to work with them again on future projects. Our new development, St Winnifred’s Hospital will be getting the ‘Roca’ treatment next year.


Roca products at Portabella:

  • The Gap Unik – basin and furniture
  • Esme brassware
  • Nexo WC
  • Loft Elite brassware
  • Meridian -N compact, back to wall/close coupled WC
  • Essential shower
  • Happening basin
  • PL1 flush plate
  • Kalahari basin and furniture
  • Monodin-N brassware
  • Victoria T shower
  • L20 brassware