City Centre Eyesore Will Be Demolished
Work to prepare for the new Central Transport Interchange will begin on Tuesday May 3rd, immediately after the Judgement Day rugby event at the Principality Stadium when the area around Marland House will be hoarded off to pave the way for the demolition of one of the city’s most visible eyesores.
The removal of Marland House is another important milestone in the progress of the Central Square regeneration project that is quickly delivering a modern high quality gateway into the city. The first activities, after establishing the site perimeter, will be to remove and relocate the utilities, soft strip of the buildings and other preparatory works so that the demolition works can begin. The demolition works will include Marland House and Wood Street NCP car park and are scheduled to be complete later this year, all to make way for the city’s new Central Transport Interchange.
The design of the Interchange is being taken forward by Foster & Partners following the green light from the Council’s Cabinet in March and it is expected result in a planning application being submitted in the summer. The hoarding around the construction site of the BBC HQ will be extended from the May 3rd to close off the pavement alongside Marland House. Pedestrian access to the train station will change whilst the works are underway.
The new route through to the Principality Stadium past One Central Square will provide access to the west of the city and Saunders Road will provide access to the main shopping centre. Council staff will be on hand to assist the public whilst the new temporary arrangements are put in place.
One Central Square is now built and occupied. Plans for a third office development – Two Central Square – which will be located in between One Central Square and the BBC HQ are currently being considered by the Local Planning Authority. It is anticipated that Two Central Square will be built at the same time as the BBC HQ.
St David’s House is also scheduled for demolition in 2017. Rightacres are preparing plans for a mixed use development that will extend to the Northern side of Wood Street as per their original Master Plan and will contribute to the delivery of over 1 million square feet of high quality development forming Cardiff’s new city centre gateway.
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