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Chris Kane Chris Kane | 16:29 UK time, Friday, 15 April 2011

There’s been fantastic progress at Roath Lock - our new drama village in Wales. Sectional completion was achieved on 23 March with the handover of the Casualty studios and external lot area– on schedule and on budget.

Despite adverse winter weather conditions, the studios in Cardiff have taken shape extremely quickly. The contract was signed in December 2009 and it was only in July last year that the first of the piles went in on site.  Just over a year to practical completion is very quick for a construction project of this scale, and this is down to the sterling efforts of the 025 team, in particular Jim Brown, and collaboration with the construction team Vinci, and igloo Regeneration.

News from the 025 team is that construction of Casualty’s studio is well underway. Studio 1 is first to be fitted out and this will become a two-storey hospital set.

It is expected that practical completion for the rest of the Drama Village will be reached in June and Casualty will start filming there in the autumn.

As well as being a new home for Casualty, the new 170,000 sq ft (15,800 sq m) production village will welcome Dr Who and Pobol y Cwm in 2012.

Roath Lock April 2011

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