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BBC Cymru Wales’ new HQ in Cardiff is located directly opposite Cardiff Central Railway Station and was one of the most ambitious projects to have ever been constructed in Wales. Comprising of a media hub and two connected five-storey office blocks, the BBC buildings have been designed to create visibility and connectivity with an atrium at the centre. The public will be able to walk through the atrium - which will be used for events and filming, utilising lighting systems from the floors above.
With the underground fibre optic cabling linking the HQ with the Principality Stadium just a few yards away at Central Square, BBC Wales sport and news teams will have instant editing access to images from sporting events at the stadium for the first time.
The new HQ will employ around 1,200 people and have cutting-edge technology facilities such as live IP (internet protocol) technology, virtual reality enabled studio and augmented reality capabilities.
The building, which will also house technicians from S4C (a Welsh-language public-service TV channel), will have retail units, including a coffee shop, on the ground floor.
Steel was chosen for many reasons on this project. It provided the element of speed for construction and the ability to create the 18-metre-long clear span Fabsec beams within the offices. This ultimately provided the BBC with maximum flexibility. Much of the steelwork is also left exposed due to the aesthetically pleasing look it provides.
Around 2,300 tonnes of steelwork has been fabrication and constructed by Severfield for this project.