Construction has started on BBC Cymru Wales’ new drama production centre as the broadcaster revealed a rapid timetable for the project. Initial preparations are now complete and construction starts immediately, with foundations currently being laid for the c.170,000 square foot site which will eventually house productions including Casualty, Pobol y Cwm, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Doctor Who.
Basic building work is due for delivery from the developer in summer 2011. Once the studios, offices and external filming lots are fully fitted out, filming will begin for Casualty and Pobol y Cwm in autumn 2011, with Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures moving from their current Upper Boat studios in 2012. The first episode of Casualty to be made in Wales will be on screens early in 2012.
The site is being developed by the igloo Regeneration Partnership – an Aviva Investor’s Fund and award-winning organisation which delivers regeneration while cutting CO2 emissions (through environmentally efficient building construction and occupation), providing employment and facilities for deprived communities, reducing crime, improving health and underpinning economic prosperity to a greater degree than traditional development.
Holder Mathias will act as architects to construction company Vinci to ensure the BBC’s operational requirements are satisfied.
Stephen Hill, director at Holder Mathias, said:
“We are delighted to be part of the Vinci team helping to deliver the new BBC Production Village Facility in Cardiff Bay and building on our strong relationship with them delivering high quality projects over the past ten years. We look forward to developing a real asset for the Creative and Media Sector in Wales in partnership with the BBC, Igloo and the Welsh Assembly Government.”