New £120m headquarters for BBC Wales in the centre of the Cardiff gets the go ahead
Posted on: 17/11/2015

The new Cardiff headquarters for BBC Cymru Wales are set for construction to begin on 7th December. Foster + Partners, the world-leading architectural firm, has teamed up with developers Rightacres to deliver the new site for the Welsh capital. It is scheduled for completion in late 2018 or early 2019, and will cost around £120m in total.

The current BBC Wales headquarters, located in Llandaff, will be sold off to housing developer Taylor Wimpey. The current 1,200 members of staff will relocate to the new Central Square once it is completed. The announcement followed final sign-offs between the BBC and developers Rightacres, with experts predicting this will lead to a huge investment boost for the city.

Director of BBC Wales, Rhodri Talfan Davies, said the new development would trigger wider regeneration and help to "change the face of Cardiff".

He added: "BBC Wales touches the lives of millions of people, not just in Wales but across the UK and beyond - so I'm delighted this vital strategic investment will enable us to plan for our future with real confidence."

Located at Central Square, the 150,000 sq ft headquarters will greet visitors as they exit the Cardiff Central Station. BBC executives have signed a 20 year lease at an annual rent of roughly £25 a sq ft per annum, with a standard first three year rent free period.

Central Square, where the headquarters will be based, will eventually see up to one million sq ft of new office, retail, and residential space.

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