The National Assembly is at the heart of the Capitals flagship regeneration zone in Cardiff Bay. The building was to become a symbol for Wales throughout the world and a prestigious landmark.
It was both the client’s and architect’s aspiration to create a design sensitive to the surrounding developments, completing the ‘jigsaw’ of development in the immediate vicinity.
As a public building, the National Assembly for Wales demonstrates a political commitment to addressing the issue of sustainability. The building exemplifies high environmental standards and has been awarded a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’, DQI provides credits to achieve this.
The architectural concept was one of placing the electorate above the elected whilst offering maximum transparency and openness, symbolic of democracy. It uses traditional Welsh materials such as slate and Welsh oak in its construction.
The building was officially opened on St David’s Day, 1 March 2006 by Her Majesty the Queen accompanied by Prince Phillip, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.