Cathays Park 1
Cathays Park 1
Cathays Park 2with the sky bridge to the right
Cathays Park 2
with the sky bridge to the right

The Crown Buildings (Welsh: Adeiladau y Goron), which are also known as the Cathays Park Buildings, are the Welsh Government's main offices in Cardiff, Wales. The buildings were formerly used by the Welsh Office and are situated in Cathays Park. The complex consists of two buildings, Cathays Park 1 (a Grade II-listed building) and Cathays Park 2, joined by two skybridges.

In 1914 foundations were laid for an imposing neoclassical building on this site housing Welsh Government Offices, to a design by R. J. Allison, architect to the Office of Works. Work soon stopped and did not resume for twenty years. In 1934–8, the block now known as Cathays Park 1 (a.k.a. CP1 or old Crown Building) was built by P. E. Hanton, as offices for the Welsh Board of Health.[1] It is a three-storey building in the Stripped Classical style, with 3,599 m2 (38,740 sq ft) of floorspace. It also has an attic and a basement.[2]

Cathays Park 2 (a.k.a. CP2 or new Crown Building) is a five-storey office building with 34,305 m2 (369,260 sq ft) of floorspace, including an underground car park and a central atrium housing a cafe for the office staff.[3] The Encyclopaedia of Wales describes CP2, completed in 1979, as conveying an impression of "bureaucracy under siege".[4] The historian John Davies, however, regarded the complex as being "splendid".[5]

The sky bridge between Cathays Park 1 and 2 'the link' has been the subject of some discussion amongst staff based in the building. People have reported an eerie feeling, a general sense of something "unworldly" with people catching fleeting glimpses out of the corner of their eye which had led to rumours of the area being haunted.[6]

In 1968, Cathays Park 1 was damaged by a bomb explosion, the second in the area in under 12 months following a previous attack on the nearby Temple of Peace.[7][8][9]

Notes

  1. ^ Newman, John. Glamorgan. The Buildings of Wales. London: Penguin. pp. 232–3.
  2. ^ Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
  3. ^ The National Asset Register 2007 – HM Treasury Archived 2009-10-15 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ The Welsh Academy Encyclopedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press 2008
  5. ^ Davies, John (1993). A History of Wales. London: Penguin. p. 665.
  6. ^ 'Something over your shoulder in the Link?' Seren (The Welsh Assembly Government Staff Magazine), February 2009
  7. ^ "WALES (BOMB EXPLOSIONS) (Hansard, 27 May 1968)". api.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  8. ^ Prior, Neil (2013-11-30). "War dead temple marks 75 years". Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  9. ^ Deacon, Russell (2006). Devolution in Britain Today. Manchester University Press. p. 68.

Coordinates: 51°29′18″N 3°10′57″W / 51.48832°N 3.18262°W / 51.48832; -3.18262