Exciting times at Central Square

Vote of confidence in Welsh economy

6 October 2015
  • Artist's impression of One Central Square

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The announcement that Legal & General have formed a JV with Rightacres to develop out the one million sq ft Central Square redevelopment in Cardiff city centre is a fantastic boost to Cardiff and South Wales as a whole. Chancellor George Osborne said it was a major vote of confidence in the Welsh economy; it is also a sign of confidence in the commercial property market in the region. Director Graham Davies, who has provided investment advice to Rightacres on a variety of opportunities at the location comments:

“The formation of this JV between Legal & General, as funders, and Rightacres, as developers, will ensure the delivery over the next 10 years of a series of new buildings at the entrance to Cardiff Central train station that will transform the centre of Cardiff.  We are talking on a daily basis with investors and occupiers who are now interested in relocating and investing in Cardiff, and Central Square is a big part of the city’s growing reputation”

Cooke & Arkwright continues to- provide advice to Rightacres, Cardiff Council and occupiers on a range of services within Central Square, including:

  • Acquisition of Marland House for Rightacres – this property will be redeveloped to form The Interchange (including new bus station)
  • Acting on behalf of Blake Morgan in acquiring 30,000 sq ft space at One Central Square, in what was the first letting at Central Square
  • Property management advice to Cardiff Council/ Rightacres on existing properties at Central Square
  • Retail agency advice to Cardiff Council/ Rightacres on existing retail units around Central Square, and on further retail opportunities within the new Central Square redevelopment.

The Leekes Retail and Leisure Group have substantial property assets within the group and have engaged Andrew West to appeal against rating assessments on these properties since 2010. We have consistently been impressed by Andrew's knowledge of the property market and his negotiating skills have been exceptional. Given Andrew's outstanding performance, we would not hesitate to recommend Andrew to any business large or small seeking to appeal their rates liabilities.

Mike Fowler, Group Finance Director, Leekes Group