South East Wales

Insurer Admiral's new Cardiff HQ may house 3,000 staff

An architect's impression of the new Admiral building
Image caption How the new Admiral building may look when finished in January 2014

One of Wales' largest employers has announced plans for a new HQ in Cardiff which could house 3,000 staff.

Admiral currently employs 3,000 people at three offices in Newport, Swansea and the Welsh capital.

Its new building is earmarked for a city centre former car park site in David Street, and could be ready by January 2014.

The firm said the project meant it could potentially increase its staff in Cardiff to more than 3,000.

Admiral is the only Welsh firm in the FTSE 100 and it claims its new headquarters will be the biggest pre-let office project ever seen in the city.

A planning application for the scheme, on the site of the former David Street car park, is expected to go before Cardiff City Council.

It was selected from a shortlist of six schemes, which included the option of staying in the company's current headquarters at Capital Tower on Greyfriars Road.

Huw Llewellyn, head of facilities for Admiral Group, said: "We started the process of looking for a new headquarters two years ago.

"We also need to ensure our new headquarters allows us to sustain our growth and provides an excellent environment for our employees. Hopefully our staff will enjoy their new building as we will be consulting them throughout its development.

"I'm sure they will be happy with the location as it will have great accessibility for public transport and is close to all the shops, bars and restaurants in Cardiff city centre."

Admiral said the new building would extend to 11 storeys and would be a landmark in an area of the city centre that had "gone through a lot of development recently".

The company said it had the potential to increase the number of people it employed in the capital to more than 3,000 in a single building.

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