Foster + Partners has revealed its plans for the regeneration of Cardiff’s Central Square
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The plans include more than 100,000m² of office, retail and residential buildings arranged around a new civic square.
A new pedestrian route linking from the new square to Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, to be known as Millennium Walkway, will also be created.
Central to the project is the Fosters-designed headquarters for BBC Wales.
The organisation is relocating to the city centre from its1966 Broadcasting House site in nearby Llandaff - designed by Welsh architect Dale Owen. Earlier this year Twentieth Century Society tried to get the building listed - but the move was rejected by the Welsh government.
The new £100 million BBC building is expected to complete in 2017.
Leader of the City of Cardiff Council, Phil Bale, said: ‘Central Square is the key gateway to Cardiff and the wider city region for many potential investors, residents and visitors, and so its role in providing a positive image for Cardiff and Wales cannot be underestimated. The Council has worked closely with Rightacres and its design team to create a masterplan that is reflective of the City’s ambition to be amongst the most ‘liveable’ cities in the world.’
Carole-Anne Davies, chief executive of the Design Commission for Wales, added: ‘The masterplan proposals for Cardiff’s Central Square represent a catalyst for the transformation of the city’s profile and its capacity to attract further investment. The approach to the public space and integrated transport facilities is well considered and of high quality. The commitment of the development partners to an iterative, collaborative process with the Design Commission for Wales has been exemplary. A focus on design quality for deliverable proposals has characterised the project to date and, with a timely planning process and careful consideration of the detailed planning submission, it should be possible to anticipate the reality of a game changing scheme emerging very soon.’
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