Welsh Secretary accepts keys to new UK Government hub in Cardiff

Economy & Politics | Property & Construction | Wales

The Secretary of State for Wales has been handed the keys to a new UK Government hub building in Cardiff city centre.

Rightacres Property Company formally presented the keys to Simon Hart MP. Contractors ISG will now prepare the building, in Central Square, for more than 4,000 civil servants from several UK Government departments and agencies to start work in late 2020.

The Cardiff building is one of 16 UK Government hubs currently being created across the UK’s nations and regions. It forms part of the UK Government’s commitment to the Union by building the capacity of the civil service across the whole of the United Kingdom and levelling up resources.

The new development follows the UK Government’s recent announcement of up to £58m to upgrade Cardiff Central railway station and a £5bn investment in improving journeys through electrifying the Great Western Mainline between South Wales and London.

The Cardiff building has been named Tŷ William Morgan – William Morgan House, to recognise Bishop William Morgan’s role in maintaining the strength of the Welsh language through his 1588 translation of the Bible into Welsh.

Secretary of State for Wales Simon Hart said: “This investment shows the UK Government’s commitment to Wales and to strengthening the Union, as well as growing the capacity of the civil service outside London. Today’s event signals an exciting milestone in the construction of Tŷ William Morgan – William Morgan House which will provide a modern, flexible working environment in the heart of Cardiff for thousands of our civil servants.”

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