Demolition of the vacant tax offices in Ty Glas has started, bringing an end to the north Cardiff landmark.
The former HMRC buildings were slated for demolition at a Cardiff Council meeting in August 2022. The first stages of the demolition have been undertaken, with the work likely to continue throughout the summer.
Work on demolishing the Llanishen site was due to start in September last year but was delayed after safeguarding concerns had to be addressed. Residents were concerned for their own safety, their property, as well as that of local wildlife. Concerns of increased traffic, especially from contractors, were also raised by locals.
The derelict offices were vacated in 2020 when HMRC relocated to Cardiff’s city centre. Various plans for the site have been mooted, including concepts for hundreds of homes, retirement flats and business venues. None of these came to fruition however.
The site is opposite a former RAF base, with Gleider House named in honour of the glider training that took place in the field.
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