Capital Tower, Cardiff

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Capital Tower

Capital Tower located in Cardiff, Wales was the tallest structure in Wales, until 12th Sept 2008 when Meridian Quay in Swansea was topped out. Standing at 80 metres (260 ft) to roof height, Capital Tower is slightly taller than Stadium House, which stands at 78 metres (256 ft) to roof height, though inclusion of the antenna gives Stadium House a pinnacle height of 120 metres (390 ft).[1]

The foundations were built on the ruins of a 12th-century friary, much of which had still stood until 1955. These were completely cleared for the tower to be constructed, although it is probable that under modern planning laws this would not have been allowed. Completed in 1967 and providing 190,000 sq ft (18,000 m2) of floor space,[2] it was originally known as Pearl House.

Originally, a job centre, bookshop and galleries were built on the lower floors, but in 1998 they were replaced by a new set of developments including cafe-bars, and the multi-storey car parks were re-clad. At this time the building received its current name, Capital Tower. The tower presently houses several key clients, including: Admiral Insurance (over half the floor space, acts as their current head office); Government offices including those of the Secretary of State for Wales; Hilton Hotel; Tiger Tiger.[3]

On 25 November 2002, the tower was sold for £17.4 million by Aberdeen Property Investors to the Raven Group. In August 2012, DTZ secured the £12.35 million sale of Capital Tower and Friary House to the Topland Group.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Building - 223 - BT Stadium House - Cardiff
  2. ^ "Topland acquires Wales’ tallest building Cardiff’s Capital Tower (UK)". Europe Real Estate (Real Estate Publishers BV). July 26, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Rhodri Evans (August 1, 2012). "Wales’ tallest building sold in £12m deal". Western Mail. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 

Coordinates: 51°28′59″N 3°10′39″W / 51.48306°N 3.17750°W / 51.48306; -3.17750