The Welsh government’s six million pound flagship centre will host up to eight thousand jobs when it’s completed and will offer office space, studios, shops, restaurants and up to one thousand homes. The building site is the final section of undeveloped land on the Cardiff Bay waterfront on the Porth Teigr site and it will be located very near to Roath Lock which is the production home to many BBC dramas including Doctor Who, Wizards vs Aliens and Casualty.
The creative centre will also be built to Breeam standards, that means it will have environmentally friendly features to minimise energy consumption and reduce the need for heating and cooling. For all of you scratching your heads, Breeam is an environmental assessment method to rate buildings and how ecologically friendly they are.
Edwina Hart, the Business Minister who officially cut the turf for the start of the project on Wednesday, stated:
Doctor Who is certainly proving to be a catalyst for development in South Wales – wouldn’t it be great to have a major TV show recorded in areas around the country to help with the economic recovery?