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Cardiff’s No 2 Central Square Steps Closer to its Autumn 2018 Completion Date


Top 100 law firm Hugh James is one step closer to moving into its new office headquarters at No 2 Central Square, following on from a topping out ceremony.

The event marked a significant milestone in the construction where concrete was laid at the highest point of the 135,000 sq ft building which is on track to be completed by Autumn 2018.

Hugh James will occupy 100,000 sq ft of office space in the nine-storey building which will also be home to Cardiff University’s Journalism School, JOMEC.

Matthew Tossell, senior partner at Hugh James, said:

“Our move to No 2 Central Square is much anticipated and will support the firm’s continued growth ambitions. Being in the heart of such a significant development in Cardiff city centre feels absolutely right for us and reflects our position as a well-established, and growing, business here in Wales.

“With construction work well underway we can now start to see the building really take shape. We are very much looking forward to moving in next year.”

The topping out ceremony saw 20 guests including Hugh James staff and partners; Ken Poole, head of economic development at Cardiff Council; Stuart Kotchie from Harmsen Tilney Shane; Paul McCarthy from Rightacres and the project team and the project’s main contractors, ISG.

No 2 Central Square has been designed by world leading architectural firm Foster + Partners who also designed the masterplan for the development. It will be one floor taller than No 1 Central Square office scheme, which is now fully let.

Groundworks at No 2 Central Square were completed in January and the steel structure of the building is nearing completion. The first panes of glass will be fitted next week, with the entire glazed façade of the building completed by Easter. Internal fit out will begin in August.

Key facts

  • The central core of No 2 Central Square is made up of 800m³ of concrete with 50m being laid in just five weeks
  • The building is made up of more than 1,200 tonnes of steel, 17,000m2 of metal decking and 2650m³ concrete floor slabs and 6,500 sq m of glazing