BBC Wales headquarters building

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BBC Wales headquarters building
3 Central Square
BBC Wales HQ CAD.jpg
Artist's impression of the
BBC Wales headquarters building
General information
Architectural styleHigh-tech architecture
LocationCardiff city centre
Address3 Central Square, Cardiff CF10 1FP
Construction started7 December 2015 [1]
ClientBBC Cymru Wales
OwnerBritish Broadcasting Corporation
Technical details
Floor count5 [2]
Floor area13,900 m2 (150,000 sq ft)[3]
Design and construction
ArchitectGerard Evenden [4]
Architecture firmFoster + Partners [5]
DeveloperRightacres Property[2]
Structural engineerArup [1]
Main contractorISG UK Construction West[1]

The new BBC Wales headquarters building, officially known as 3 Central Square and also known as BBC New Broadcasting House, is located in Central Square, Cardiff.[6] The £120 million building will replace the BBC Cymru Wales Broadcasting House in Cardiff.[5]

Design and construction[edit]

Construction started in December 2015[1] on the site of the former Cardiff Central bus station.[7] The building will be half the size of the current Broadcasting House in Llandaff.[7] The BBC received the keys to the building in April 2018, after which the headquarters would be fitted out with new technology[8] before staff moved in, expected in the autumn of 2019.[5]

The building has been designed by Foster + Partners,[5], with the interior design by Overbury and Sheppard Robson.[9] There will be four floors providing office, studio and production space.[1] There will be desk space for 750 staff, on the basis that not all the 1,200 staff will be on site at the same time.[9]

It is envisaged that an estimated 50,000 people will visit the new building every year.[7] The BBC agreed a 20 year lease on the building at an annual rent of around £25 per square foot per annum with Rightacres Property Company, the developer of the Central Square.[10]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "ISG named as main contractor for BBC Wales new headquarters at Central Square scheme in the centre of Cardiff". Wales Online. 18 November 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b Chris Pyke (6 December 2016). "The new BBC HQ is already changing the cityscape of Cardiff". Wales Online. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  3. ^ "BBC Wales Broadcasting House, Cardiff". Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  4. ^ Sion Barry (26 June 2015). "Plans revealed for one of Wales's most ambitious development projects at Central Square scheme in Cardiff". Wales Online. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d "First images inside BBC Wales' new £120m headquarters in the centre of Cardiff". Wales Online. 7 July 2017. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Central Square & BBC Wales Headquarters Building (Sept 14)". Design Commission for Wales. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  7. ^ a b c Huw Thomas (10 June 2014). "BBC Wales HQ at bus station site". BBC News. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  8. ^ "BBC get keys to new Cardiff Central Square HQ". Property Magazine International. 18 April 2018.
  9. ^ a b Sion Barry (25 April 2018). "Inside the new £100m BBC Cymru Wales headquarters". Wales Online. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  10. ^ "What the relocation of BBC Wales' headquarters means for Cardiff city centre". Walesonline. 2014-06-12. Retrieved 25 September 2017.

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Coordinates: 51°28′35″N 3°10′48″W / 51.476268°N 3.179891°W / 51.476268; -3.179891