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Demolition steps up at BBC studios in Llandaff as work on huge housing development continues


Demolition has stepped up at the former BBC studio in Cardiff, as cranes and diggers arrive on the building site.

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The former Broadcasting House has been situated in Llandaff for 55 years but is getting knocked down and replaced with apartments.

The demolition has been going on since November but new photos show the unrecognisable old studio buildings in a collapsed pile on the floor.

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Just two weeks ago, the front of the Broadcasting House had been knocked down and the old studio buildings were gutted and exposed to the elements.

These photos taken today, show how demolition work is swiftly underway as the once grand studio is now becoming just a pile of stone and debris on the floor.

About 1,000 BBC staff bid farewell to the old Broadcasting House in Llandaff in 2020 and relocated to their new £120m headquarters in Central Square in Cardiff city centre.

The former studios, which were home to some of much loved TV and radio programmes, are being replaced by a huge housing development, which will see 364 new homes built in the popular Cardiff suburb.

The development at the split site – which consists of 10.5 acres at Broadcasting House and 6.95 acres at Ty Oldfield – will include one and two-bedroom apartments, as well as three, four and five-bedroom houses, which will be between two and four storeys high and a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced designs.

There will also be four apartment blocks at the site, which developers Taylor Wimpey say will be no greater than five storeys high.

How the new development will look
How the new development will look

Twenty per cent of the development, which has been described as “perfect for young professionals, couples and families,” will also affordable housing for local people.

Taylor Wimpey purchased the former headquarters in April this year, having received reserved matters planning permission from Cardiff Council back in 2016.

They said that the site would be designed to “provide an interesting and safe community for people to live in” and “create a distinct identity”, while it will also improve the local cycle and pedestrian network by providing a new public kink to the Taff trail.

The new development will also bring almost £1,500,000 in financial contributions to community infrastructure and facilities, such as local education services, highways and public open spaces.

Last year, the newly-shut site was used as a training facility by firearms units for around two months, with officers from South Wales Police, Gwent Police and Dyfed-Powys Police all taking part in weapons training at the old headquarters.

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