The BBC’s new Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff opened in record time. In just 13 months, 175,000 square feet of HD-ready studios have been constructed and fitted out to provide a permanent, purpose-built home to four flagship BBC dramas.
With construction now complete on the new £25m BBC studio, GreenBlue Urban's tree planting system offered the most suitable tree pit designs. Large rooting volumes for the trees were created underneath the hard landscaped areas using the GreenBlue Urban structural RootCell system, specified for this prestigious development to ensure optimum tree growth and establishment in this demanding coastal location.
Urban tree planting constituted a major part of the landscape design and Greenleaf worked with the Landscape Architect to recommend that 154 trees and 5371 plants were planted, all of which were appropriate to the urban and climatic conditions expected on site. The agreed tree pit design was based on a GreenBlue Urban Arborsystem package incorporating long term irrigation and aeration provision and underground guying systems that had to ensure tree stability on this very exposed site.
Design flexibility was required for the layout of each individual tree pit due to the unpredictable locations of some of the underground services. The RootCell modules proved ideal for working around obstructions and creating high value rooting volume for the long term health of the trees.
The contractor and client expressed satisfaction with GreenBlue Urban's on-site support service and the speed with which the tree planting packages were assembled, which turned out be one of the more complex projects.
The hope of developers, BBC Wales and the Assembly Government, is that moving the broadcaster’s biggest productions to Roath Basin will kick-start the development of the last completely undeveloped area of Cardiff Bay.