New tax of­fice HQ in city cen­tre ap­proved

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

CARDIFF’S new tax of­fice has been given ap­proval by city coun­cil­lors.

The re­de­vel­op­ment of the land in the city cen­tre will be Wales’ biggest ever of­fice deal.

It will mean a new build­ing for HMRC on land north of Cardiff’s Wood Street, near Cardiff Cen­tral rail­way sta­tion and the Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium.

A plan­ning of­fi­cer said the scheme of­fered the city cen­tre a “huge qual­ity pres­tige of­fice de­vel­op­ment”.

As part of the scheme, a new square and pub­lic space will be cre­ated.

In March this year, Cardiff coun­cil’s cab­i­net gave ap­proval for St David’s House on Wood Street to be de­mol­ished – pav­ing the way for the new tax of­fice.

Labour’s Frank Ja­cob­sen asked when St David’s House will be de­mol­ished.

He was told prior ap­proval has been granted, but no date yet given.

“There was some pres­sure on us to get this to you. I think phase one of St David’s House will come down fairly soon but I can’t give you a date,” he was told by a plan­ning of­fi­cer.

Coun Ja­cob­sen said that he felt the changes will help with crowds vis­it­ing the city on event days.

“This is go­ing to widen this area for peo­ple to move around Cen­tral Square that will ob­vi­ously be im­proved. It looks a great im­age.

The devel­oper would have to pay £1.2m to­wards pub­lic realm works.

Dur­ing the meet­ing it was re­vealed that a piece of pub­lic art is hoped to be in­cluded in the area around the new tax cen­tre.

It was also re­vealed that a new statue will be in­cluded in the main Cen­tral Square de­vel­op­ment which is set to be a statue of a “prom­i­nent Welsh woman”.

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