Colossal in size and ambitious in scope, Sky Studios is more akin to an indoor city than your average building . It is envisaged as a ‘factory for creativity’ - the building is uniquely divided horizontally into three zones – ‘make’, ‘shape’, ‘share’ – offering a multi-platform distribution hub for all of Sky’s media outlets, including a single home for Sky Sports.
Incorporating desk space for over 1300 staff, 8 recording studios, a 700-server data centre as well as post production and transmission facilities, it houses everything needed to make, shape and share Sky’s TV content.
8 recording studios
a 700-server data centre
Working in close collaboration with Sky and the local authority our architects and engineers have built sustainability into every aspect of the building, setting new standards in the broadcasting industry.
Sustainable innovations include a biomass-fueled cooling, heating and power plant, one of the UK’s largest urban wind turbines and a rainwater tank that provides 100% of the building’s water.
We also designed a groundbreaking new insulated ventilation system that lets air in and keeps noise out, making Harlequin 1 the first naturally ventilated television studio on Earth.
the first naturally ventilated television studio on Earth
The social experience for people using Sky Studios is in direct contrast to its industrial aesthetic.
Workplaces are arranged around the exterior to take advantage of natural light, a giant atrium in the communal entrance encourages interaction between all 900 employees, and breakout zones throughout the building promote collaboration and creativity. The spaces are organised around implying principles - which encourage communication and social interaction. A human architecture - which can be adapted and responsive to continuing and technological change.
Client: British Sky Broadcasting
Architecture & Engineering: Arup Associates
Completion Date:June 2011
Arup Specialist:Acoustics, Facade, Geotechnics, Urban Design
Sustainable ratings: BREEAM Excellent
67% reduction in energy consumption
£5million under budget
40% of energy from on-site renewables
BSkyB - demonstrating sustainable broadcasting
Lynn Beavis, The Guardian, May 2011
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Jonathan Glancey, The Guardian, September 2010