Crown Buildings, Cardiff


The Crown Buildings (Welsh: Adeilad y Goron) aka Cathays Park Buildings, are the Welsh Assembly 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 (Grade 2 listed building) and Cathays Park 2, joined by two skybridges.

Cathays Park 1 (aka CP1 or old Crown Building) is an older four-storey building with 3,599 m2 (38,740 sq ft) of floorspace. Cathays Park 2 (aka 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. The Encyclopedia of Wales describes CP2, completed in 1979, as conveying an impression of “bureaucracy under siege”.