Construction for a new creative industries centre at Porth Teigr has commenced with Business Minister Edwina Hart officially starting the work on site at Cardiff Bay today.
The centre for the creative industries, which is being developed by igloo and constructed by VINCI for the Welsh Government, will be run as a hub for the creative industries and will offer space for creative businesses and start-ups to work more closely together.
Business Minister Edwina Hart, was joined on site by igloo, VINCI, property agents and businesses to cut the first turf to officially mark the start of construction for the new £6million centre.
Mark Hallett (igloo Regeneration), Business Minister Edwina Hart AM and John Worrall (VINCI Construction UK)
Mrs Hart said: "I am delighted to be able to start the work on this exciting new facility, which will provide a first class hub for creative industries as one of our key economic sectors. Wales is already becoming a centre of excellence for UK-produced Drama with productions like Dr Who and Sherlock, while the new BBC Roath Lock Studios at Porth Teigr is one of the largest investments in new drama facilities of its kind in Europe.
"The new centre will not only be an important addition to the exciting Porth Teigr, development but will support the growth of the creative industries sector and create new job opportunities for young talent in Wales. This project also demonstrates the Welsh Government's continued commitment to delivering the capital investment that our economy needs to thrive."
Mark Hallett, Development Director for igloo - the developers behind Porth Teigr - said: "The centre for the creative industries will be a landmark building at Porth Teigr and will strengthen the area's offering as a creative 'hub'.
"It will be crucial to developing the growing creative industries sector in Wales."
The 40,000sq ft centre will be built to BREEAM Excellent standards and will adhere to igloo's pioneering sustainable investment policy, FootprintR, which focuses on sustainable development, social inclusion, economic and social regeneration and equal opportunities. It will sit on a waterside location opposite BBC Cymru Wales' Roath Lock studios, home to Casualty, Doctor Who, Pobol y Cwm and Wizards v Aliens.
John Worrall, Director for VINCI Construction UK, said: "We understand the value of sustainability and we make a concerted effort to forge and maintain partnerships with local schools and colleges, offering practical support such as visits to school assemblies and on-site apprenticeships and work experience placements."
Construction of the centre will now start in earnest, with the building due to be available for occupation in early 2014.