Our Vision for Central Square is that it becomes a proud new Gateway to the Capital of Wales. A revamped Central Square will reflect Cardiff’s ambition to be amongst Europe’s most successful cities. It will build on its success and become a place defined by excellence in design, in quality, in diversity of offer. It will be a place that inspires and excites. Above all it will be a unique place – a place that captures the essence of the Principality and its values, as a place of warmth and welcome.
Constructed and occupied the office building totals 135,000 sq ft over 9 floors, with floor-plates of about 16,500 sq ft and basement car parking. The building has achieved a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’. The top two floors have been pre-let to Blake Morgan solicitors.
Comprises Plots 2 and 3 of the Masterplan area. Plot 3 is the site for the proposed new headquarters of BBC Cymru Wales, a Foster & Partners designed building over 5 storeys totalling about 180,000 sq ft which will be ready for operational occupation by the BBC at the start of 2018. Plot 2 (Two Central Square) will be constructed at the same time and will comprise an office building of approximately 100,000 sq ft with basement car parking and retail units available to let on the ground floor. It will be available for fitting out by incoming tenants from mid-2017.
Phase 3 will combine Plots 9,10, 11, 12 and 13a of the Masterplan area, comprising the sites currently occupied by Marland House, the Wood Street multi-storey car park and the Saunders Road surface car park. It is planned to contain the replacement bus station for Central Square and form part of a new, state of the art transport interchange which will eventually integrate public transport facilities within Cardiff city centre in conjunction with plans for improvements to Central Train Station.
Phase 4 of the Central Square development comprises masterplan plots 4, 5 & 8 on the site previously occupied by the Western Mail print-works and offices, on the north side of Wood Street. Following the demolition of existing building, each plot can be made available separately for the construction of self-contained buildings, or in combination for a larger scheme, likely to provide a mix of commercial uses, including retail space on parts of the ground floor.
Plots 6 & 7 of the masterplan area are the cleared site formerly comprising of St David’s House. These sites are earmarked for student accommodation and private rented sector residential apartments contained in two spectacular towers of 15 and 20 storeys above a 5 storey podium level, which are currently under design development.
The approach is to consider the context of the urban blocks of the existing City and recreate this in a new way with a strategy of new civic space, and the creation of a new City Quarter.
The story of the Masterplan begins in September 2013 when the vacant site of the former Planning Department Offices was purchased by Rightacres.
The redevelopment of Central Square requires the relocation of both buses, taxis and cycle routes from their current locations at the front of Central Station.
A new bus station on the site of Marland House and Transport Hub in conjunction with Network Rail’s Central Station expansion.
Key to the success of the redevelopment of Central Square is the comfort, safety, ease of movement, and experience of visitors to the area.
We have also developed a sustainability strategy for implementation during design, construction and post occupancy phases.
The accessibility of Central Square is important for both environmental and social reasons.
One of the key aims of the proposals for the public realm masterplan is to create balanced, well defined and pleasant public spaces.
Vacant Wood Street Plot Acquired
BBC Llandaff closure announced
Central Square Selected as preferred location for BBC building
Planning application for Masterplan submitted
Resolution of Grant for Masterplan
Commencement of BBC Building
Completion of One Central Square
Hugh James & Cardiff University confirmed occupiers.
Planning consent for Interchange
Commencement of Government Property Unit
Images taken from Central Square One, between December 2015 and September 2016