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Architect pledges detailed designs for BBC Cardiff site ‘in months’

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Architect Downs Merrifield has said it will submit detailed plans for the 400-home redevelopment of the BBC’s Broadcasting House base in Cardiff next year.

The broadcaster is due to move to new Norman Foster-designed headquarters in the city centre in 2019, and this week confirmed the sale of its property at Llandaff to housebuilder Taylor Wimpey. Last year the Welsh government refused to list the current 1966 Broadcasting House at Llandaff.

A Downs Merrifield-designed masterplan to redevelop the 17.45ha site was granted outline planning permission by Cardiff City Council earlier this year, but the sale of the site was only confirmed following the agreement of a Section 106 planning-gain agreement last month.

Downs Merrifield partner Nic Downs said the practice was currently finalising the design team for the project.

’We have been engaged by Taylor Wimpey to design the whole development, resulting in a reserved-matters application, to be submitted in 2016,’ he said.

’We are working on both sides of the Llantrisant Road in Cardiff.’

Downs said the designs would comprise a mix of apartments, terraced houses, and detached houses, as well as a courtyard and a formal square.

He added that it was not envisaged that there would be other architects working on the reserved-matters application.


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