Working at Roath Lock
Information for freelancers working at the BBC Cymru Wales drama studios at Roath Lock, Cardiff Bay.
Welcome to Roath Lock, the BBC's state of the art centre of excellence for Drama, a place brimming with new energy and talent.
When the first productions moved into Roath Lock in September 2011, they fulfilled a BBC commitment to create a centre of excellence for Drama in Cardiff.
Located in Porth Teigr, Cardiff Bay, the 170,000 square foot facility, including nine studios and equivalent in length to three football pitches, is now the permanent, purpose-built home of three flagship BBC dramas - Casualty, Pobol y Cwm and Doctor Who - as well as new productions in the future.
The studios aim to be a hub for creative sustainability, bringing talent together and allowing knowledge and expertise to be shared and flow across all of the productions based there. In addition, the ambition exists for Roath Lock to build effective partnerships and become the foundation for the growth of the creative industries in Wales.
Casualty - ongoing
Pobol y Cwm - ongoing
Doctor Who - ongoing
As the new creative hub for UK drama production we welcome and encourage freelancers to send us CV's and showreels. If you wish to be considered for freelance work within Roath Lock please email your CV as a PDF or Word document to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for Work Experience at Roath Lock?
If you are interested in gaining work experience at the BBC, please visit the BBC Work Experience website where you can search for placements based on location or job. Please note that the BBC as an organisation offer work experience throughout the year, however, please be aware that opportunities within drama productions may only be available during certain periods.
Are you a budding writer?
The BBC Writersroom is always looking at new ways to find and champion talent for all BBC platforms. The Writersroom is a valuable source of information regarding the scriptwriting and commissioning process and submit a script online via the Writersroom website.
You can also apply for the BBC Writers Academy. The scheme works as an apprenticeship for writers, who will complete a broadcast episode of Doctors, and if this is accepted they then complete commissions on Casualty, Holby and EastEnders.
In conjunction with National Theatre Wales, BBC Cymru Wales has launched the Wales Drama Award. This new award looks for bold, original writers who want to write for two of the most dynamic companies. The competition is open to any writer, emerging or established, living and working in Wales. Further information can be found at the National Theatre Wales website.
Getting to Roath Lock
The postcode for Roath Lock is CF10 4GA, but please be mindful that this is a new postcode and may not be recognised by online services or GPS devices.
This area map shows the location of the Roath Lock site in Cardiff Bay.
By car (including parking)
As a city centre location, parking at Roath Lock is restricted. There are 9 disabled and 8 visitor car parking spaces that can be booked in advance.
All remaining car parking spaces are shared between the eight main studios. (Productions are responsible for allocating their studios' spaces to the crew members they deem to have an operational need to park on site.) If you do not have an allocated car parking space or a confirmed booking for a disabled or visitor car parking space, please do not attempt to access the Roath Lock car parks.
If you do wish to access Roath Lock/Porth Teigr by car please be aware that vehicle access to the area is not permitted via Porth Teigr Outer Lock Crossing (Origami Bridge) by the Norwegian Church. Road access is only available via Tyneside Road and the inner lock bridge.
Parking in Cardiff Bay
The APCOA Waterside Car Park (Pierhead Street, CF10 4PH Tel: 02920 472 691) is a 10 minute walk from Roath Lock.
The Waterside multi storey car park is adjacent to the Wales Millennium Centre and is the largest car park close to Roath Lock. There is a number 6 bus stop close by with a public bus service to and from Roath Lock every 10 minutes.
BBC Cymru Wales is a subscribing member of the Cardiff Council Car Share Scheme, details of which can be found at www.carshare2cardiff.com.
To get between Cardiff city centre and Cardiff Bay, the BayCar or 'Bendy Bus' (no.6) is available. This service runs 7 days a week, every 10 minutes during the day and every 15 minutes during the evening and weekends. The route runs anti-clockwise around Cardiff city centre and down to the Bay where it stops outside the Doctor Who Experience and Wales Millennium Centre. The stop for Roath Lock is immediately outside Roath Lock reception. For more details visit www.cardiffbus.com.
In addition, Traveline Cymru is a free service that exists to provide impartial journey planning information across all forms of public transport in Wales, enabling individuals to create their own personal journey planner. More information is available online at www.traveline-cymru.info.
Cardiff Bay train station is a 15 minute walk from Roath Lock. A regular train service operates between Cardiff Bay and Cardiff Queen Street stations, where connections are available to Cardiff Central station, the South Wales valleys and the Vale of Glamorgan. Arriva Trains Wales permits the carriage of bicycles on services between Cardiff Bay and Cardiff Queen Street stations.
For up-to-date information on the National Rail network, see www.nationalrail.co.uk.
There are excellent cycle routes into Cardiff Bay from many parts of the city, including off-road cycle routes from the City Centre and the Cardiff International Sports Village into Mermaid Quay.
There are 58 cycle racks located in Roath Lock's East Car Park, accessible via the cycle gate. These cycle racks are available on a first come, first served basis and are for commuter use only. There are further bicycle parking facilities throughout Porth Teigr and Cardiff Bay. Sports lockers and showers are available in Roath Lock.
If travelling by train to Cardiff Bay train station, Arriva Trains Wales permits the carriage of bicycles on services between Cardiff Bay and Cardiff Queen Street stations.
You can find out more about cycling in Cardiff on the Cardiff Council website.
Accommodation whilst working at Roath Lock
If you are working with us in Roath Lock and require accommodation for your stay in Cardiff then please let us know your requirements (the duration of your stay, budgetary requirements, preferred location and any other specific requirements) and we will endeavour to send out a request on your behalf to see if any BBC Wales staff may be able to accommodate you. Unfortunately we cannot reimburse you for the cost of accommodation.
If you would prefer to arrange your own accommodation please see Visit Cardiff's accommodation web page for information about hotels and other accommodation facilities in Cardiff.
Please note : during your time at Roath Lock you will be subject to confidentiality terms and will be asked to sign an agreement form on arrival.