The BBC has appointed Capita to project manage the delivery of its new broadcast centre in Cardiff city centre.

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BBC Cymru Wales, which is currently based in Llandaff in north-west Cardiff, plans to relocate to a new 150,000sq ft development in Capital Square, the site of the current bus station next to Cardiff Central rail station.

Due to open in 2018, the new Foster and Partners-designed BBC Welsh headquarters will be roughly half the size of the current premises.

The new centre is part of a development by Cardiff-based Rightacres Property and will house over 1,200 staff -  including BBC Cymru Wales, finance and pensions staff who are all currently based at the Llandaff site.

Welsh language broadcaster, S4C, has already announced plans, to share some broadcasting services with the BBC at the new centre.

BBC Cymru Wales has confirmed the new broadcast centre is expected to meet the BREEAM outstanding rating– a benchmark already achieved at its Roath Lock drama studios in Cardiff Bay, which opened in 2011.

Cardiff council is developing  a masterplan for the site around the new broadcasting centre, which is expected to help kick-start one of the Welsh capital’s biggest urban regeneration projects in recent decades.