Timescale revealed for Cardiff’s major Central Square development
THE plans and timescale for the ongoing development at Cardiff’s Central Square during 2017 have been revealed.
Work is ongoing at the site outside Cardiff Central Railway Station which includes creating a state-of-the-art headquarters for the BBC.
And developers, Rightacres, say the scheme will be a new gateway into the city.
The first phase of the development was One Central Square, the office building which is now occupied by businesses including Moto Novo and Blake Morgan law firm.
Meanwhile, elsewhere on site, huge concrete cores and the metal frame have been put into place for the BBC HQ.
And a planning application is set to be decided soon for the office development which will be known as Two Central Square. No date is yet available.
Law firm Hugh James has confirmed it is moving into the building, and it is also expected that the remainder of the space will soon be let to the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.
Roof and glazing work will be taking place over this winter, while precast cladding to the cores will also begin.
And provided the transfer of the NCP car park on Wood Street happens as expected, demolition is due to begin in either late January or early February.
Going into spring 2017, the steel frame and slabs will be completed before the cores begin to be fitted out at the BBC headquarters. Meanwhile, the cores of Two Central Square will be built by Easter and the steel frame will follow.
The demolition of the car park is due to be completed by mid-April, following the neighbouring Marland House, which was pulled down last year.
In the summer, the first tower crane will then be removed, the roof completed and the atrium roof installed at the BBC. At Two Central Square, glazing will begin to be fitted.
Autumn will then see power to the BBC site turned on, glazing completed and the second crane removed. At the neighbouring site, the office fit out will start.
By winter 2017, construction firm ISG says the envelope – the physical separator between the interior and exterior of a building – will be completed. External works will then begin.
There is a five-phase plan for the site, with the third phase including the new Cardiff bus station being built.