Cardiff council grants planning permission for proposed BBC Wales HQ at Central Square

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Cardiff Council has resolved to grant planning consent for phase two of the one million sq. ft. Central Square development including the centre piece of the scheme, the proposed new 150,000 sq.ft. headquarters building for BBC Wales. 

Developed by Rightacres Property and designed by world leading architects Foster + Partners, work could now start later this year and will include a further office building of some 100,000 sq. ft. with basement car parking and retail units available to let on the ground floor. It follows the development of One Central Square, which is scheduled for completion in December 2015. Law firm Blake Morgan is due to relocate there from Park Place, Cardiff in January 2016.  

Phase two of Central Square is expected to be ready by 2017 and subject to final legal commitments work could start later this year. Contractors are expected to be confirmed shortly. 

“Our Vision for Central Square is that it becomes a proud new Gateway to the Capital of Wales, reflecting Cardiff’s ambition to be amongst Europe’s most successful cities and complementing the delivery of a new world-class transport interchange. We have consulted extensively with all stakeholders including City of Cardiff Council, Network Rail, The Millennium Stadium, St David’s Dewi Sant, Arriva Trains Wales and now look forward to harnessing the economic benefits that this development will bring,” says Paul McCarthy, Chief Executive of Rightacres Property Company Limited. 

“Importantly, the decision by BBC Wales to name Central Square as its preferred location for its new HQ building has already led to significant interest from other occupiers; all of whom share the vision and want to be part of this fantastic development that will transform this part of Cardiff.”

Rhodri Talfan Davies Director of BBC Wales said: “This is another important milestone as we plan our move from the outdated facilities in Llandaff to a new broadcast centre in the beating heart of our capital city. It’s already clear our plans could help transform this important part of our city centre and we look forward to working with a range of partners to realise our ambitions.”

The Central Square development comes at a key time in the development of public transport solutions in Wales. Mark Langman, Route Managing Director for Network Rail Wales, said: "We welcome development around Cardiff Central which links to the future success of the station and we are working closely with Cardiff Council and the developers to ensure the scheme causes minimum disruption to passengers. Our railway is carrying almost 50 per cent more passengers than we were 10 years ago and that number is predicted to grow significantly in the years ahead. That is why we are working on our own proposals to redevelop Cardiff Central to build a station truly fit for a capital city."

Paul Orders, Chief Executive of the City of Cardiff Council adds: “This is an exciting phase in the development of our city.  The proposed BBC Wales Broadcasting House and the surrounding civic space, designed by world renowned architects Sir Norman Foster + Partners will make for an iconic image of Cardiff and transform one of the most important gateways into Wales. Our transport and planning teams have been working tirelessly on this project as part of our plans to create a world-class transport interchange for Cardiff. Further details of this will be announced later this year.”