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New central Cardiff building project is set to accomodate in excess of 4,000 civil servants

Over 4,000 civil servants will be moving to a new building in Cardiff’s city-centre by 2020, in a move towards ‘greater collaboration and productivity’ in the civil service.

A twenty-five year deal has been signed to lease 265,000 sq ft in the Central Square development. It is the biggest ever pre-let in Cardiff.

The single building will accommodate staff from several different UK government departments. HMRC will be the main occupier of the building, with Central Square set to become one of their regional centres.

The deal is part of the Government Hubs Programme which will transform the way the Civil Service works by accommodating several government departments in one building, across the country.

According to the government it will save taxpayers over one billion pounds, free up land for housing and reduce government buildings from 800 to around 200 by 2022.

“The UK Government already has a significant footprint in Wales and I believe that basing several departments in a single office in the centre of Cardiff demonstrates the impact we can make through greater collaboration.

This will not only lead to better integration between departments and create an obvious cost-saving for the taxpayer, but will also send a clear message that the UK Government is visible, accessible and helping to improve people’s lives in Wales.”

– Alun Cairns MP, Welsh Secretary
Government has signed a 25 year lease for 265,000 sq ft in Central Square Credit: Foster and Partners

Is building a swimming pool in Wales a viable commercial proposition after Pontypridd Lido?

Campaigners in Abergavenny are the latest to try to bring back their much-loved outdoor pool.

But why did so many communities once have what is now a rare facility?

As far back as the 1850s, newspaper reports from Wrexham to the Rhondda tell of campaigns for outdoor swimming baths.

Cardiff’s Guildford Crescent is believed to be the site of the first of 50 open air pools in Wales.

A roof was later built over it before it was bought by the local authority – and known as the “Corporation Baths”.

A new lido in Pontypridd has broken the mould in recent years

The Lido in Pontypridd was reopened in 2015 after decades of planning and millions in charitable grants.

Dr Leeworthy catalogued more than 50 outdoor baths across Wales as part of his research into outdoor recreation facilities – he says there is a lesson to be learned from the only outdoor pool still open in Wales.

“There’s a lesson of patience… the future in the long term of sites like this is really that against times of hardship people focus on things that can transform their communities for the longer term,” he said.

For more on this story visit the BBC online website

Building Regulations in Wales – Your complete guide

Current building legislation in Wales

There are different laws that cover the standards of buildings or construction. One or more of these laws could apply depending on the type of premises and whether any building work is being carried out. Details on current legislation may be found on the Planning Portal on the Welsh Government website.

The Building Regulations are made under powers provided in the Building Act 1984, and apply in England and Wales. The current editions of the regulations are The Building Regulations 2010  and the Building (Approved Inspectors etc.) Regulations 2010  and the majority of building projects related to new or altered premises are required to comply with them.

The Building Regulations contain definitions, procedures, and what is expected in terms of the technical performance of building work; they:

  • define ‘building work’ and what is subject to control under the Building Regulations

  • specify exemptions from control under the Building Regulations

  • set out the notification procedures to follow when starting, carrying out, and completing building work

  • set out the ‘requirements’.

Completion of latest building works at Amazon in Swansea

We are delighted to announce that the latest project undertaken by Moore Interiors and Design on behalf of our longstanding client – Amazon – has now been completed.

Amazon based in Fabian Way, Swansea requested Moore Interiors and Design to undertake several recent projects including the total refurbishment of the staff canteen, kitchens and hands on training area. The canteen area caters for 2500 diners on an alternating basis and 4000 at Christmas!

The projects included the complete fit out of these 3 areas including new:

  • Flooring
  • Ceiling installation
  • Painting and decorating
  • Electrical installations

We would like to thank Amazon for their continued support.

Amazon Kitchen Swansea

Change of name to reflect full service offering – Moore Interiors and Design Ltd.

Moore Interiors and Design Cardiff Swansea South WalesMoore Interiors has for many years offered a lot “more” than just building and interior design services. Building and interior design is a crucial part of what we offer however an increasingly important part of our work over the last decade has included the provision of space planning, CAD design and a 3D render service.

Our design operation is headed by Joel Moore who has many years experience working with our major clients such as Amazon, Paramount and many more companies across Wales.

In recognition of this important part of our service we have now changed the company brand name to Moore Interiors and Design – so it says exactly what we do “on the tin”!

Moore Interiors and Design launch new website

Following many years of successful trading we are delighted to announce the launch of our new website.

The website gives a full summary of the types of commercial building services we provide across South Wales as well as details of some of our major clients.

This responsive website also allows users to view full details on all types of devices including PC, Ipad and Iphones and has been built to the very highest standards by one of South Wales’ leading marketing agencies.

With a vibrant look and feel and with extensive use of images from our clients, we hope that visitors (both existing clients and potential new clients) will enjoy the new experience.

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