BBC Cymru Wales to move in to new Creative Industries Building
20 January 2011
BBC Cymru Wales has announced today that it is to move its Wrexham office to purpose built premises within Glyndŵr University’s new Creative Industries Building.
The development will house the new BBC Cymru Wales facilities alongside space used by the University and its students. The new building will be more accessible to the public and will enable the BBC to develop better partnerships with local business and education communities.
The BBC says the project seeks to satisfy a range of business needs to improve its service from north east Wales including;
- television facilities at the new premises will allow BBC Wales’ television news outlets to better reflect north east Wales
- BBC staff will benefit from better and more flexible production facilities
- the premises will be visible to a Wales-wide audience on BBC Wales' output
- a public space containing a TV studio and “touchdown” area which could be used by the BBC for meetings, public events, radio recordings and live broadcasts.
Announcing the move, Menna Richards, Director of BBC Cymru Wales said: “BBC Cymru Wales is continually trying to better connect with its audiences. This move reaffirms the BBC’s commitment to north east Wales and through moving to new purpose-built accommodation and the development of a strengthened partnership with Glyndŵr University, we’ll be able to produce even better content for our audiences.”
Professor Michael Scott, Vice-Chancellor of Glyndŵr University, said: “Glyndŵr University is proud to be working with the BBC, one of the most respected broadcasters and news organisations in the world. The opening of its new facilities at the Creative Industries building heralds yet another significant landmark in the university’s work with partners in industry.
"The presence of the BBC within the centre is a stamp of approval for the high standard of its TV, radio and online production facilities which will benefit not only our students but the people of north east Wales for years to come.”
Aled Roberts, leader of Wrexham Council said: “BBC Cymru Wales’ decision to set up a north east Wales base at Glyndwr University shows tremendous confidence in the area. We hope this move will help the BBC produce more local content and continue to develop local partnerships throughout the region.”