The site is 17.45 acres (gross) and is located in Llandaff, Cardiff. The sites straddle either side of Llantrisant Road which is the main artery route into Cardiff from the north. The site has direct access to Cardiff city centre which is approximately 2 miles (3.2km) to the east.
Broadcasting House (on the north-side of Llantrisant Road) was opened in 1967 and has since been home to BBC Cymru Wales. Baynton House, which previously occupied this site, was subsequently demolished in 1975. Ty Oldfield (the former Home Economics college) lies on the south-side of Llantrisant Road.
Broadcasting House comprises a substantial purpose bulit television broadcasting facility arranged within a five/six storey building surrounded by ancillary outbuildings. Ty Oldfield comprises a former college that has extended and converted to offices. The site also occupies a listed building called 'The Lodge' which comproses a Grade II Listed detached two-storey Victorian house.
The northern part of the site, referred to as ‘Broadcasting House’ is bounded by Llantrisant Road to the south, residential dwellings to the west and the A4054 Bridge Road to the north and east. The River Taff runs northwest to southeast immediately adjacent to Bridge Road, approximately 20 m north of the site.
The southern part of the site, referred to as ‘Ty Oldfield’ is bounded by Llantrisant Road along its northern site boundary. There is a comprehensive school adjacent to the western site boundary, a university hall of residence adjacent to the eastern site boundary and a wooded area backing on to residential dwellings to the south of the site. Both the northern and southern parts of the site are irregular in shape and are currently occupied by numerous high rise buildings, car parking areas and areas of landscaping.
There are a large number of trees on the site, many of which have Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs). Our design of the scheme will seek to retain as many of the existing trees as possible. The site is very well connected to public transport, local footpaths and cycleways. Given the proximity of the River Taff corridor the site has been assessed for its ecological value. The habitat value within the sire is principally associated with the trees and potential for use by bats. On the southern part of the site is the Victorian Lodge a well -preserved Grade II Listed Building.