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Wales Millennium Centre (WMC), Cardiff, Wales

Construction Started

February 2002

Project Type

Opera house and performing arts centre


Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, UK



Floor Area

33,000ft², 4,000ft² outside main building

Total Seating Capacity


Estimated Investment



November 2004 (phase one), January 2009 (phase two)


Wales Millennium Centre Company


National Assembly of Wales, National Lottery Millennium Fund, Arts Council of Wales, Principality Building Society, Donald Gordon (private investor)

Lead Contractors, Designers, Architects and Engineers

Capita Architecture (architect); Sir Robert McAlpine (main contractor); Arup (structural and service engineer); Carr and Angier (theatre consultant); Arup Acoustics (acoustician); Bucknall and Austin

Stent (deep piled foundations); Swansea Institute (architectural glass); GH James Cyf (stone mason); Rimex (textured stainless steel); Alfred McAlpine (slate); Coed Cymru (wood); Ann Catrin Evans (designed bronze door handles and door 'push plates');

Amber Hiscott (etchings on glass walls); Gwyneth Lewis (inscriptions)

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