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Capita buys PROjEN and reveals BBC Cardiff contract

Capita has been appointed by the BBC to project manage construction of the new BBC Cymru Wales’ broadcast centre in Cardiff city centre.

BBC Cymru Wales, currently based in Llandaff in north west Cardiff, will relocate to a new 150,000 sq ft development in Capital Square, currently home to a bus station at the northern entrance of Cardiff Central rail station.

The new broadcast centre is also expected to help boost a massive urban regen scheme with the city developing a new masterplan for the area. It will be roughly half the size of its existing premises and is due to open in 2018.

The development by Cardiff-based Rightacres Property will house over 1,200 staff – including BBC Cymru Wales, BBC Finance and BBC Pensions staff all currently based at Llandaff. Welsh language broadcaster, S4C, has announced it plans to share some broadcasting services with the BBC at the new centre.

BBC Cymru Wales has confirmed the broadcast centre will be expected to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding rating, the same standard it achieved at its Roath Lock drama studios in Cardiff Bay, which opened in 2011.

Capita buys Cheshire firm

Capita has bought project management and engineering solutions business PROjEN for an undisclosed sum.

The firm was etablished in 1978 and employs over 100 staff at Preston Brook in Cheshire. It offers design, engineering and management services in the pharmaceutical, oil and gas, manufacturing and bio energy markets.

The company will join Capita’s 4,000 strong property and infrastructure business and sit within its design and management division.

Capita said the acquisition would expand its services into new markets and create opportunities for cross-selling to clients of both organisations.

PROjEN delivers projects for blue chip clients such as GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi and Smith & Nephew and has established long-term relationships for BP and AkzoNobel, for which it is currently delivering a flagship paint manufacturing facility.

The business has recently expanded into the bioenergy field to deliver biofuels, biomass, and biogas projects, in particular the development, design and build of anaerobic digestion plants in the energy from waste market.

Simon Birchall, executive director of design and management at Capita said: “PROjEN is an excellent cultural fit for our business and reflects our commitment to expansion through the acquisition of strong and innovative businesses that allow us to enter new markets and provide new technological solutions to our clients.”

Martin Seabrook, managing director of PROjEN said: “We are delighted and excited to be joining Capita. Working as part of a major consultancy will allow us to invest in the future growth of our business, further develop our staff, and expand our capabilities into new markets – as well as giving our clients access to the skills and transformational expertise of a market-leading business.”

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