New home for BBC Cymru Wales unveiled
BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru will move to a new purpose-built broadcast centre in Cardiff city centre by 2018.
And this week the corporation has released an artists impression of the new building expected to house all BBC departments in Wales, next to Cardiff Central rail station.
BBC Cymru Wales, currently based in Llandaff in north west Cardiff, says it plans to relocate to a new 150,000sq ft. development in Capital Square – on the site of the current bus station at the northern entrance of Cardiff Central rail station.
The decision follows a detailed three-year study prompted by the ageing facilities at the current base in Llandaff and the pressing need to modernise the outdated and unreliable technology. Options to upgrade the current site were ruled out as they were costlier, more disruptive and would have taken longer to deliver.
The new centre will be roughly half the size of the current premises and less expensive to run.
Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones MP, said: “Today’s announcement marks the beginning of a new era for the BBC in Wales. After more than 48 years at Broadcasting House in Cardiff, the move to new, state-of-the-art broadcasting facilities demonstrates the BBC’s ongoing commitment to the quality and production of broadcasting in Wales. The BBC’s new facilities will ensure that it has the technological ability to continue its role at the forefront of national broadcasting in Wales, as well as its provision of services in English and Welsh on TV, radio and online.”