Timescale re­vealed for Cardiff’s ma­jor Cen­tral Square de­vel­op­ment

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

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.

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