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WRU Cardiff Arms bar

Welsh Rugby Union


The Cardiff Arms, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Project value

£510,000 | Time scale: 10 weeks

The client

The Welsh Rugby Union is the governing body of rugby union in Wales.

The design brief

To design and build the interior of a new, three floor Welsh Rugby Union facility, including a 180 cover rugby memorabilia-themed café bar, and retail unit, in a grade two listed building.

Project delivery

Bbi handled the interior design and fit out for all public-facing facilities, as well as all mechanical and electrical specifications, and the creation of an interactive educational area to engage children. The team managed to overcome the limitations of working within a listed building to create a crisp, unique appearance, transforming the interior into a fresh, modern environment. Visitors waiting for tours of the Stadium are now taken to the ‘briefing room’, a specially designed area with changing room-style bleachers and 2.7m high graphic walls depicting stars and sporting achievements from Joe Calzaghe to Take That. Steve Lesbirel of Bbi said: “What would normally have been a straight forward fit-out was made fairly complex by the constraints of the building being listed, the state of its dilapidation and a tight time scale to ensure that the project was ready for that year’s autumn internationals. “Our design and its implementation effectively incorporates the original features of the building, while at the same time creates a modern, public space that reflects the WRU brand values.”



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