New BBC Cymru Wales broadcast centre sees building work completed.
“We are enormously grateful to all our partners. They have gone the extra mile from day one to help realise our vision for this new centre. The media landscape is changing at a speed never seen before – and Central Square is a crucial part of our strategy to modernise and renew BBC Wales, and to ensure we serve all our audiences across Wales.” – Director of BBC Wales, Rhodri Talfan Davies
Developed by Cardiff-based Rightacres Property, with the support of Cardiff Council, Central Square is set to be the most accessible BBC building in the UK – open both to the public and a wide range of partners in the creative sector.
More than eighty production companies will have open access to the building, and the Welsh language broadcaster S4C will also have a base at the new centre. A new economic impact study published today by BOP Consulting has found that BBC Wales’ decision to relocate – triggering the biggest urban regeneration project in Wales – is on track to deliver a £1.1 billion economic boost to Wales, leading to the creation of 1,900 additional jobs over a ten year period.
Overbury and Sheppard and Robson will now begin and 18-month fit-out process for live IP broadcast technology. BBC television, radio and online teams are expected to move from the current centre in Llandaff in autumn 2019.
“Central Square is a major milestone in the development of Wales’ creative sector. It’s a remarkable centre that will be a creative home for the BBC in Wales for generations to come. Alongside the major investment we’re making right now in Welsh programming – from Valleys Cops and Keeping Faith to Radio Cymru 2 – I believe this brilliant new centre will become a real magnet for new creative talent.” – Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC