Roath Lock

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from BBC Wales Drama Village)
Jump to: navigation, search
Roath Lock
Roath Lock BBC studios - Geograph-2901332.jpg
General information
Address Porth Teigr Way, Cardiff Bay, CF10 4GA
Town or city Cardiff, Wales
Country United Kingdom
Opened September 2011
Owner BBC Cymru Wales

Roath Lock[1] is a television production studio that house BBC drama productions including Doctor Who (and its spin-off Class), Casualty and Pobol y Cwm. The centre topped out on 20 February 2011 and filming for such productions commenced in autumn of the same year.[2]

The facility is located on a development site known as Porth Teigr, which includes a proposed 3,700-square-metre (40,000 sq ft) digital media centre and an interactive exhibition titled Doctor Who Experience.[3] The facility has 500 to 600 people working on site.[4]

Design[edit]

The successful planning application sought permission for a 300-metre (980 ft) long, 20,000-square-metre (220,000 sq ft) building housing studios and offices with a distinctive façade and repeating motifs. It will also have a gothic-style entrance inspired by some of William Burges' designs at Cardiff Castle and Castell Coch. The planning application showed the building would face the National Assembly's Tŷ Hywel building and the Atradius building across the water of Roath Basin.[5]

Construction[edit]

Roath Lock during construction

The 16,300 square metres (175,000 sq ft) of studios were constructed and fitted out within 13 months, marking the quickest BBC build of its size ever.[4]

A£2.5m bridge linking the drama village to Cardiff Bay has been lifted into place. The bridge was manufactured in nearby Newport from where it was broken down into 12 pieces to allow transportation to Cardiff Bay.

Production[edit]

The development has brought under one roof the production of shows formerly filmed in Cardiff's Broadcasting House, at Upper Boat Studios near Pontypridd, and in Bristol.[5]

Programmes confirmed to be produced at the studios include:

After the studios, offices and external filming lots were fully fitted out, filming for Pobol y Cwm and Casualty began in autumn 2011. Doctor Who moved into the 170,000 sq ft (15,800 sq m) site in 2012. The Sarah Jane Adventures was also scheduled to move to the facility in 2012, but future production of the series was halted in April 2011 due to the death of lead actress Elisabeth Sladen and will no longer continue.[8] The village is part of the BBC's commitment to double television network production from Cardiff by 2016.[6]

Surrounding development[edit]

Roath Basin (nearest), Roath Dock (above) with the channel to Queen Alexandra Dock (centre right).

Roath Basin is the largest single remaining undeveloped site in Cardiff Bay. It consists of approximately 27 acres and has an outline planning permission for 1,000 new homes and 100,000 sq m of commercial floor space. Igloo Regeneration, which is an investment fund managed by Aviva Investments, was selected by the Assembly Government as the Development Partner for the project.

Investment of £8.5 million is needed to provide a road connection through the site providing both private and public transport from Pierhead Street through to the Norwegian Church, where a new bridge will need to be constructed over the existing lock-entrance to the dock.

The project comprises two distinct, but inter-dependent, components; the regeneration of the currently derelict, former dock side land at Roath Basin would be commenced by Assembly Government investment into the site infrastructure, and the BBC Drama Village, which would total some 170,000 sq ft (16,000 m2) of television studios and ancillary accommodation, as well as a new office building, which could be operated as a "Digital Media Centre" where a range of BBC supply-chain companies and existing Welsh-based Creative Industry Sector businesses would be able to be accommodated.[9]

Transport links[edit]

The Roath Lock Drama Village is served by the Baycar (Cardiff Bus number 6) service operated by Cardiff Bus, running every 10 minutes to Cardiff Bay and the City Centre.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°27′46″N 3°09′23″W / 51.4627°N 3.1565°W / 51.4627; -3.1565