Contractor wins BBC Wales HQ and and undisclosed European data centre

BBC Cardiff

ISG has won two £80m-plus jobs, including construction of the BBC’s new Wales headquarters in Cardiff and a major European data centre.

Market sources told Building ISG had successfully secured the construction and fit-out of a 150,000 sq ft building for the BBC at the £400m Foster + Partner-designed Central Square scheme (pictured), which is being developed by Legal & General and Rightacres. This week the BBC signed a 20-year lease for the building.

Separately, ISG told investors this morning that it had been appointed as lead contractor on an undisclosed data centre project in Western Europe, with a value in excess of €200m (approximately £141m).

ISG said it was its third data centre win in Europe over the past year.

Update: ISG confirmed the BBC Wales win on 18 November. In addition to BBC Wales Broadcasting House, ISG will also build adjacent office building Two Central Square. ISG said the total package was worth £80m.

Alan Bainbridge, BBC Property, said: “Getting the BBC project from the design board to site has been a huge team effort and we are delighted that this project is now becoming a reality.”

Phil Brown, ISG UK construction managing director, said: “Constructing the new headquarters for BBC Wales is a major win for the business and brings all of our office expertise to bear on one of the largest ever private developer-led projects to be built in Wales.

“This is also a highly-specified building, with demanding acoustic and vibration tolerances and advanced mechanical and electrical services, which plays to our significant strengths delivering complex technical services infrastructure in the data center, R&D and healthcare sectors.”