ITV plans to move to new Cardiff Bay facility
ITV Cymru Wales has today announced plans to relocate its headquarters to a new facility in Cardiff Bay.
The broadcaster aims to relocate around 100 ITV staff from the current base at Culverhouse Cross to 3 Assembly Square, next door to the Welsh Assembly building, by June 2014.
The broadcaster said the announcement was the culmination of an exhaustive, 12-month process that had looked at the suitability of locations across south east Wales and Cardiff.
ITV will occupy the ground floor (around 11,000 square feet) of the building that is owned by Aviva Investors. It is estimated it will take nine months to make the space available for television production.
Phil Henfrey, head of news & programmes at ITV Cymru Wales, said: “This is a significant investment that will deliver considerable benefits for colleagues and for ITV viewers in Wales.
“It puts our journalists and production teams exactly where they should be: at the heart of things, rubbing shoulders with the key newsmakers and decision makers of Wales.
“It will also be a great place to work. This is one of the landmark, modern buildings in Wales with brilliant transport links and fantastic facilities for colleagues on our doorstep.”
He added: “There’s sure to be a little sadness at moving on from our current base at Culverhouse Cross. We’ve produced some memorable programmes from here - but there is no doubt that the building itself has seen better days.
The new premises will house all of ITV Cymru Wales news, programmes and production facilities.
Previously known as HTV, the broadcaster has been located at the Culverhouse Cross site since 1984.
In addition to being the base for its operations in Wales, ITV rents office space to around 30 tenant companies.
A spokesman said all tenants were made aware of ITV’s plans to move when they took up occupancy and would be given at least six months notice of closure.