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Harper Mackay wins BBC Wales masterplan

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Harper Mackay is waiting for the final nod from tv chiefs after beating rmjm and John McAslan & Partners to masterplan a bbc redevelopment in Wales.

The masterplan, said bbc principal architect Alan James, will assess the commercial viability and possible disruption involved in converting all or part of 20,275m2 of interconnected buildings into offices, technical and orchestra studios for bbc Wales in Llandaf, 8km outside Cardiff. The costs are said to be around £10 million.

David Harper said the masterplan is about cultural position and environmental adaptation. 'This is a cultural examination of the bbc in terms of how it views itself in the millennium and how the idea of Welshness fits into that,' he said. 'We want to see how the amalgam of the building stock and cultural inspiration of the organisation come together to release the potential energy of the site.'

The bbc architecture department, which chose the winners earlier this month, must now win approval from the bbc's property board. A decision is expected within weeks.

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