BBC Wales – Central Square

BBC Wales Headquarters Central to Cardiff Regeneration Project

The masterplan for the regeneration of land to the north of Cardiff Central Station has taken another step forward with detailed planning application being submitted for the new BBC Wales headquarters.

Over the next three to five years some one million sq ft of new office, residential and retail space will be built. The project, which is being driven by Cardiff-based property development firm Rightacres Property in partnership with Cardiff Council, could also feature one of the highest building ever constructed in Wales – with a 27 storey 92-metre high building.

The relocation of the BBC Wales headquarters from its current site in Llandaff is set to act as the catalyst for the wider development of Capital Square, including proposals to relocate and modernise the Capital’s bus station. The development of the new 150,000 sqft headquarters will feature state-of-the-art production and broadcast facilities to support the BBC’s growing presence in the city.

Nathanial Lichfield & Partners invited us on board to assist with delivery of the Townscape & Visual Impact Assessment (TVIA), identifying a set of key local viewpoints that required visualisation of both the application scheme and several other schemes that had received either outline or detailed consent.

We developed a hybrid treatment that allowed simple visual separation and understanding of each element, delivering a suite of visualisations that communicated the standalone and cumulative effects of the various schemes.

The number of different schemes involved required that we coordinate between multiple consultants including the various scheme architects, planning consultants, developer and local planning office to ensure accurate, up-to-date representation of the application and consented designs.

Client: Rightacres Property Ltd
Architects: Foster & Partners, Rio Architects
Planning Consultants: Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners (Lichfields)
Scope: Verified photomontage CGIs – Hybrid AVR 1/2
Planning Ward: Cathays, Cardiff
Status: Permission Granted