The City of Cardiff received a great boost this week with news that the BBC have chosen to relocate their HQ to a new purpose-built media centre in Cardiff’s Central Square.
The 150,000 square foot building will be designed by world-renowned architects Norman Foster and Partners and will be rated to a BREEAM Outstanding standard. It will also form the heart of our plans to create a new transport gateway into our Capital City, with the BBC development acting as a catalyst for wider regeneration of a new business district.
In addition to housing existing BBC staff and services, the Welsh Language broadcaster, S4C has also expressed an interest in co-locating some services with the BBC at the new location.
The BBC’s investment reinforces Cardiff’s emergence as a leading centre for creative industries in Europe, with new and existing world class facilities in both the city-centre and the Cardiff Bay waterfront.
The wider Capital Square development will also help to transform public transport facilities in this part of the city-centre, with a new bus station helping to enhance connections to the rest of the city, the wider region and to Cardiff Airport, London and beyond.
It is one of the most exciting developments in the capital for a decade, and is expected to be the first of many new investments into Cardiff’s Central Enterprise Zone over the coming years.
In further signs of growing investor confidence in the City of Cardiff as a business location, we were boosted by confirmation that a new internet exchange – one of the major intersections of the internet – will be created in Central Square, immediately adjacent to the new BBC development.
Currently, all internet traffic – every tweet, every email, even if it’s to the person sat next to you in the office – must travel to London and back.
This creates delay and causes cost, and for businesses can be an important resilience issue. The creation of an internet exchange will connect Cardiff directly to the internet, making the Welsh capital one of the UK’s most digitally connected cities.
For an explanation of what this all means click here
Just around the corner from Central Square, in Callaghan Square, you may have noticed a ‘Big Top’ tent over recent weeks.
This was because Cardiff’s own No Fit State Circus were back in town with their latest show, Bianco, following a triumphant sell-out run at the Perth International Arts Festival.
Over the last 25 years, No Fit has grown into one of Europe’s most dynamic and exciting performing arts companies. With a cast of local and international performers, as No Fit say themselves, the company ‘brings the best of the world to Wales, and takes the best of Wales to the world.’
This is a circus like you’ve never seen it before and if you haven’t seen them yet, make sure you go next time they’re back in town – it really is a special experience!
For those who can’t wait till then No Fit run classes for all ages and levels in juggling, aerial hoops and the flying trapeze at their beautiful new home at Four Elms in Adamsdown, Cardiff.
Hwyl fawr am nawr!