BBC Wales HQ to move to Cardiff city centre

Artist impression of the new building which will is part of the wider regeneration of Capital Square An artist's impression of the future BBC building in Capital Square

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The BBC Wales headquarters will move to purpose-built offices near Cardiff Central rail station in 2018, the corporation has confirmed.

Around 1,000 staff will transfer from Broadcasting House and the adjacent Ty Oldfield offices in north-west Cardiff to the new city-centre building.

BBC Wales director Rhodri Talfan Davies said the future base "promises to be an exciting new home in a remarkable location".

"The public rightly demands the best from the BBC - and this development will at last give our programming teams the tools, the technology and the facilities to serve our audiences for decades to come," he added.

Technology problems

Opened in 1966, the current headquarters in Llandaff were put on sale with the Ty Oldfield offices last autumn. It followed increasing problems triggered by outdated technology.

Llandaff offices Staff in Llandaff have dealt with unreliable technology

The BBC Wales headquarters will be built on the premises of the current bus station outside Cardiff Central, which is expected to relocate to another area.

Property firm Rightacres will develop the new offices and will continue further negotiations with BBC Wales, which are expected to be signed off in the next few months.

The new development, based in Capital Square, was selected from a shortlist that included another area near the rail station and a site in Cardiff Bay.

Regeneration

It is expected that the future premises will have half the current floor space in Llandaff and will save 30% in annual energy costs. There will also be a 70% reduction in TV studio floor space.

The relocation is predicted to kick-start one of the biggest urban regeneration projects in Cardiff's recent history.

Talfan Davies has previously said he wanted the new Welsh headquarters to replicate the BBC North hub, which he described as an "exciting environment that encourages collaboration".

First Minister Carwyn Jones also commented that the creative industries were one of the fastest-growing areas in the Welsh economy, adding that he welcomed the "multi-million pound investment from the BBC into Wales, which will provide a state-of-the-art headquarters on a par with those in Glasgow, Salford and London".

"It is particularly important for the people of Wales, which requires public service broadcasting that properly represents their dynamic, devolved nation, with a thriving political democracy and creative content industry."

Roath Lock studios Doctor Who, Casualty and Pobol y Cwm film at the BBC studios in Roath Lock

BBC offices in Cardiff also include the Roath Lock drama studios and the Hoddinott Hall base for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

It is understood that the sale of Cardiff Broadcasting House and the Ty Oldfield offices will be completed in the coming months and will help fund the new development.

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