[FIRST LOOK] FAT has submitted plans for a new BBC drama centre at Cardiff Bay, which could proceed on site within months if given the go-ahead by planners
The proposed television production centre will be the first part of a new digital media hub, masterplanned by DEGW, at the 27-acre Roath Basin site, owned by the Welsh Assembly Government. Holder Mathias is also understood to be working on the waterside development.
The 300m-long facade features a decorative precast element of Gothic and space-age quality; a wave motif referring to water, hills and coal; and openings that reference dockside industry, BBC hospital drama Casualty and the architecture of William Burges – according to the developer Igloo Regeneration. The wider scheme also includes a new ‘winged’ bridge by Studio Bednarski.
Menna Richards, director of BBC Cymru Wales, said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity to build on the success of BBC Wales drama production and the wider creative industries in Wales.’
She added: ‘We look forward to welcoming the cast and crew of the enormously successful Casualty to this new centre of excellence to work side-by-side with the other award-winning dramas which are already made in Wales’.
The drama centre will allow the BBC to double its television production in Wales by 2016.
Casualty will begin production at Roath Basin in summer 2011.
Architects: FAT Architects
Type of Project: Drama Production Village
Structural Engineers: Bay Associates
Project Architect: FAT Architects
Client: Igloo Regeneration (General Partner) Ltd
Funding: Igloo Regeneration (General Partner) Ltd (Aviva)
Tender date: 22nd Feb 2010
Start on site date: June 2010
Contract duration: 12 months (circa)
Gross internal floor area: 185,000 sq ft (circa)
Form of contract and/or procurement: JCT 2005 with amendments, Design and Build Two Stage Tende
Total cost: Circa £30m
M&E consultant: RPS Gregory
Project Manager: Davis Langdon
Quantity surveyor: Gardiner and Theobald
Planning supervisor: EC Harris
Main contractor: tbc
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: tbc
Annual co2 emissions: tbc BREAM Excellent
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