Library building is taking shape
Jan 17 2008 by Phillip Nifield, South Wales Echo
A BOLT was tightened on the roof of Cardiff’s new central library to mark a milestone in work on the project.
Council leader Rodney Berman performed the ancient ceremony of ‘topping out’ as construction of the five-storey building reached its highest point yesterday.
Filming the ceremony were budding movie-makers from the city’s Mary Immaculate High School, who are chronicling the progress of the £675m St David’s 2 retail project over the next two years.
The new library will include study spaces, reading areas, meeting rooms and the latest educational materials, information and entertainment. The fit-out begins later this year with the opening earmarked for early next year.
City centre workers with just a few minutes to spare will be able to pop in during their lunch-time to pick up a book, according to Andrew Dudley, project director for St David’s 2.
“It’s a proud moment for the St David’s Partnership, and everyone involved in the new library, to see it reach its full height. It’s another exciting step towards its final opening in 2009.”
Cardiff council leader Rodney Berman said: “It is fantastic that the new library has reached its tallest point and I know everyone involved with this project is looking forward to the building opening next year.”
Colin Voisey, of Media4Schools, said: “We are really grateful to St David’s 2 for giving us access so that we can capture this exciting phase in Cardiff’s history.”
Located on the former Marriott Hotel car park opposite Mill Lane, the new library features pioneering environmental measures, including a green roof that is designed to enhance biodiversity by retaining rainwater, reducing heat in the summer and acting as an insulator in the winter.
At street level, the building will also feature noodle restaurant Wagamama, Italian restaurant Strada and a Gourmet Burger Kitchen. Fit out of the new restaurants is due to start in July, with doors opening in November.