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ISG to build BBC Wales HQ

ISG to build BBC Wales HQ

ISG has been named as the main contractor for BBC Wales’ headquarters in Cardiff. The 150,000 sq ft BBC Cymru Wales Broadcasting House will be located opposite Cardiff Central Railway Station, and next to the Millennium Stadium.The BBC facility marks the first phase in a wider project to regenerate Cardiff city centre, which has been designed by architect Foster and Partners. With a budget of £400 million and plans to cover 12 acres of prime central land, the project is the largest private developer-led scheme ever seen in Wales.ISG’s UK construction managing director Phil Brown said: “Constructing the new headquarters for BBC Wales is a major win for the business and brings all of our office expertise to bear on one of the largest ever private developer-led projects to be built in Wales."This is also a highly-specified building, with demanding acoustic and vibration tolerances and advanced mechanical and electrical services, which plays to our significant strengths delivering complex technical services infrastructure in the data centre, Research and Development and healthcare sectors.”The announcement comes in the wake of a finance deal being agreed between BBC, Legal and General and the local developer Rightacres.Work on the Central Square regeneration scheme is now slated to start on December 7th. ISG will also construct the speculative Two Central Square project at the same time as the BBC facility, which will provide 120,000 sq ft of office space over seven floors, as well as ground floor retail units.Like the new Broadcasting House, it will be based around a hybrid structure, with a reinforced concrete frame to ground floor level, concrete cores and a steel frame superstructure for the upper storeys.Alan Bainbridge of BBC Property said that he was “delighted” that the project was now ready to get underway. 

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