Welsh business minister Edwina Hart turned up on site yesterday to cut the first turf.
Porth Teigr is a joint venture between Igloo – an Aviva Investors Real Estate Fund – and the Welsh government. It has already built new TV studios on the site, which are used by the BBC.
Mrs Hart said: "I am delighted to be able to start the work on this exciting new facility, which will provide a first class hub for creative industries as one of our key economic sectors. Wales is already becoming a centre of excellence for UK-produced Drama with productions like Dr Who and Sherlock, while the new BBC Roath Lock Studios at Porth Teigr is one of the largest investments in new drama facilities of its kind in Europe.
"The new centre will not only be an important addition to the exciting Porth Teigr, development but will support the growth of the creative industries sector and create new job opportunities for young talent in Wales. This project also demonstrates the Welsh government’s continued commitment to delivering the capital investment that our economy needs to thrive."
Igloo development director Mark Hallett said: "The centre for the creative industries will be a landmark building at Porth Teigr and will strengthen the area’s offering as a creative ‘hub’. It will be crucial to developing the growing creative industries sector in Wales."
The 40,000sq ft centre is aiming for BREEAM Excellent status and should be completed by early 2014.