135,000 sq ft of Grade A BREEAM Excellent office space that's phase one of Central Square, a 1 million square foot development in Cardiff Enterprise Zone
Welcome to One Central Square - the RICS Wales commercial project of the year for 2017!
One Central Square is a symbol of a transforming Cardiff that offers a vibrant future for the city. It also follows our award-winning Cardiff and Vale College.
As phase one of Cardiff's biggest ever development, One Central Square saw one million square foot of offices and mixed use property built between the railway station and world-famous Millennium Stadium (below).
A GCI of the Cardiff Central masterplan - our project is on left
For many years this area was underdeveloped and slightly neglected. It needed change and that's happening with Central Square in Cardiff's Enterprise Zone providing a huge array of office-led accommodation that also also includes, civic, residential, hotel, leisure and retail space.
Critical to this was the first element we built - One Central Square. We were awarded the project for the following reasons:
- Track-record of success delivering central Cardiff projects
- Know-how for working on tight, city centre brownfield site
- Relationship with the client Rightacres
- Pedigree constructing commercial and mixed-use property
On the influence of the project, our operations manager Gareth Williams says:
Square really opens up this part of the city, it’s a big statement of ambition
that is attracting interest from across the country.”
One Central Square is a grade A 135,000 sq ft BREEAM Excellent
office building over ten storeys. Sitting on the western side of the square
overlooking the River Taff, in the shadow of the stadium, it’s the modern face
of a city booming with investment and opportunity.
From the beginning our team used their city centre expertise to overcome many challenges including difficult ground conditions, clashes with historic piles, flooding, heavy winds
and crowds heading for the Millennium Stadium. All were successfully dealt with ahead of the completion in Spring 2016.
“This part of Cardiff was desperate for regeneration and we
have been fortunate to deliver the first major part."
The Cat A offices are regarded as some of
the best in Wales, with a host of big name companies lining up to lease
space. Following next is a new £120m
headquarters for BBC Cymru Wales.
It's not just the main development that has
benefited from the professionalism of our site staff and those from members of
our trusted supply chain.
A small scheme in Ely to the west of Cardiff will be able to
help offer trades training and promote apprenticeships to young adults thanks
to input from our team.
Working alongside staff from our supply chain members SMG,
Topfix, Evans Electrical, CMB Engineering and Ian Williams Carpentry and even
the local fire brigade, a dilapidated old betting shop adjacent to the Dusty
Forge pub has been transformed into a centre that will help utilise the
expertise of local retired tradesmen and bring more people into the
The ‘Retired Men in Sheds’ project will leave a lasting
legacy by offering activity for retired people and young tradespeople starting
out on their careers in construction. In the long term it is hoped that some of
these trades trained at the Dusty Forge Ely will work on Willmott Dixon
projects, ensuring the viability of the scheme.