Porth Teigr's flagship building, BBC Cymru Wales' Roath Lock studios, was officially opened this week [Monday 12 March] at an event attended by key business people and politicians. As part of the event, attendees were given exclusive access to the working studios which are home to well-loved BBC Wales shows inclduing Casualty, Doctor Who and the Welsh-language soap opera Pobol y Cwm.
Speeches were given by Director of BBC Wales, Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director General of the BBC, Mark Thompson, and Wales' First Minister, Carwyn Jones, who also unveiled a plaque to officially open the studios. During his speech, Mark Thompson acknowledged the importance of key partnership working in achieving the vision for Roath Lock, which was built in just 14 months in one of the fastest builds of its kind for the BBC.
The Porth Teigr development, a joint venture between sustainable developer igloo (an Aviva Investors' fund) and the Welsh Government, is now set to become a hub for the creative industries, attracting like-minded individuals and companies to cluster around Roath Lock, to encourage interaction and work more closely together.
Mark Hallett, Development Director for igloo, said: "Delivering Roath Lock studios for the BBC has been a truly collaborative project. We have worked in close partnership with both the BBC and VINCI Construction UK to deliver Roath Lock studios to a high specification in a very short space of time. Despite this, environmental sustainability - a key aspect for all partners - remained at the forefront of the project, leading to the achievement of BREEAM Outstanding - the highest sustainability rating possible.
"I congratulate BBC Cymru Wales on this launch event, which has been a great success and sets the tone for further development of the Porth Teigr site. We are already looking ahead to the next stage which will be working with the Welsh Government to deliver their Centre for Creative Industries which will help to stimulate a creative hub in the region."
A documentary following the history of Cardiff Bay and the development of Roath Lock studios, featuring Mark Hallett, can be seen here
You can view the BBC story here