Porth Teigr - past, present and future...

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Delivering Office Space at Porth Teigr

The Welsh Government's centre for the creative industries GloWorks is now complete. The building is a six-storey building comprising office/studio space on the upper floors, with reception, conference facilities, and retail or additional office space at ground and first levels. It provides opportunities and infrastructure for both large and small creative and media businesses, and will help to strengthen the growing 'creative hub' at Porth Teigr.

The building is of a very high sustainability standard, and achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating.  This is in line with igloo's sustainable investment policy, FootprintR, and follows on from the success of BBC Roath Lock studios at Porth Teigr which has achieved BREEAM Outstanding.

Project Brief

  • 40,968 sq ft gross internal area; 31,957 sq ft net usable area (target)
  • Innovative design
  • BREEAM Excellent
  • Conformity with Igloo's FootprintR SRI Policy
  • High levels of data and telecom servicing
  • Effective but carefully nuanced security
  • An inclusive, open and permeable building which is contemporary, locally distinctive, and will act as a showcase for the future development of Porth Teigr
  • To create a sense of place
  • Complementary public realm proposals around the building

Design Brief

  • Highly flexible, very economical building with a mix of open and sub-divided office floors providing facilities for both large and small creative and media businesses
  • Areas capable of being fitted out for social mingling, conference and retail (at ground floor) creative active frontages to the streets around the building and to the waterfront

Facts and Figures

  • Basic Building Cost - £4,095,000 or £1005/m2
  • Services Cost - £1,501,000 or £368/m2
  • External Works - £576,000 or £141/m2
  • Gross Floor Area - 4,074m2
  • Total Area of Site - 0.29ha
  • Function Areas and their size - 2,969m2
  • Area of Circulation - 1,045m2
  • Area of Storage - 60m2
  • % area of building used by community - 3% (retail)
  • Predicted PV Generation - 2.84kWh/m2
  • Predicted Electricity Consumption - 54.33kWh/m2
  • Predicted Gas Consumption - 56.46kWh/m2

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Artist's impression of GloWorks

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