Plans to transform BBCs Welsh headquarters

Date: Wednesday 28 January 2015

We’ve recently exchanged contracts with BBC Cymru Wales to purchase its Broadcasting House headquarters in Llantrisant Road, Llandaff, Cardiff, and we have plans to build a new high-quality homes development at the site.

The deal, negotiated by the BBC’s retained property consultants Lambert Smith Hampton, which also includes the Ty Oldfield premises on the opposite side of Llantrisant Road, will help the public service broadcaster relocate to new city centre headquarters in Central Square, and we hope to redevelop the important Llandaff site into a prestigious and carefully planned development of between 400 and 500 new homes.

Gareth Hawke, Land Director for Taylor Wimpey South Wales, says: “We are delighted to be able to announce this significant deal with the BBC, which will help facilitate the broadcaster’s move to new, state-of-the-art premises, and in turn, allow us to provide a bespoke new residential community in this highly sought-after area of the capital.

“Our development will combine a mix of private and much-needed affordable homes, car parking and public open space, with the first properties expected to go on sale in early 2019, following the BBC’s relocation and subject to the planning process.

“The project will also provide a significant boost to the local economy, creating approximately 100 jobs in construction, and an additional 300 in the supply chain, for the duration of the build, which is expected to take four years.”

Gareth Powell, Chief Operating Officer for BBC Wales adds: “This deal with Taylor Wimpey is a vital and positive step toward the development of our new headquarters in Central Square.

“Our move will trigger the regeneration of a high profile part of the city centre and provide us with a building that will be roughly half the size of the current premises and less expensive to run. BBC Wales has enjoyed a near 50 year association with Llandaff and its residents and as part of our legacy we will be developing a digital record of the building and our time here.”

We will submit an outline planning permission for the development to Cardiff Council in the coming months. Ahead of the submission, we will also be holding a public consultation in February, to allow people to view the proposals and provide their feedback. Local people and key stakeholders will be invited to the consultation in due course.

The development site covers approximately 17.5 acres across the two sites – Broadcasting House on the northern side of Llantrisant Road and Ty Oldfield on the southern side, which currently houses BBC offices and buildings. The Lodge, a listed building on the Ty Oldfield site, will be retained.

Work is expected to start on site in 2018, when the BBC is due to relocate to its new headquarters. The development is expected to include a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments and three, four and five-bedroom houses. 20% of the homes will be provided as affordable properties, in line with emerging Cardiff Council LDP requirements.