BBC opens creative site in LondonNovember 22nd, 2012 Category: Building Management
It may be on a much smaller scale than the huge Media City project in Salford, but the BBC is building a new commercial and creative property in its traditional London base.
BBC Studios and Post Production (BBC S&PP) is designing and building a new standalone post-production office in a central location in the capital, Broadcast Now reports.
The Charlotte Street building, which used to be the home of Editworks, will be completely renovated and eventually nine Avid Media Composer offline suites, nine Avid Symphony Nitris DX finishing suites, an Avid Pro Tools 5.1 audio suite and voiceover booth will be installed.
In addition, the state of the art commercial development will also have an Autodesk Smoke system.
Staff moved into the new site earlier this week, but it is not until January when all the technical aspects will become operational.
BBC S&PP commercial manager Charlotte Forde said the facilities firm's forced move out of the old Television Centre (TVC) was the ideal chance to give its post operation a kick start.
She said: "Our customers have been asking us to open in the centre of London since the year dot.
"We will bring a robust technology safety blanket from TVC, so that editors, colourists and mixers can work without any down time."
Ms Forde added that BBC S&PP wants to be viewed as "the first point of contact for productions and the venue of choice for freelance craft operators".
This is the most recent example of the central London office market continuing to grow.
According to a recent CB Richard Ellis report, capital values went up by 0.9 per cent in October 2012, while total returns on the property increased by 1.3 per cent last month.
As a result, the demand for contract cleaners and other large-scale facilities management looks set to hold up in the capital as it has done throughout the economic crisis.