THE WORLD’S MOST SUSTAINABLE BROADCAST STUDIO

SKY STUDIOS

BSkyB challenged us to create a world-leading, genuinely sustainable headquarters on their West London campus.

Sky Studios is our response –the world’s most sustainable broadcast facility, in more ways than one.

Arup Associates; Sky Studios Computer Model

BIM Model © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates Sky Studios

sky studios visualisation © Arup Associates 

67% reduction in energy consumption

 

SKY STUDIOS

A FACTORY FOR CREATIVITY

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.

Arup Associates Sky Studios 'Make', 'Shape' and 'Share' zones and floor plans

'Make', 'Shape' and 'Share' zones and floor plans © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Sky Studios Natural Ventilation Chimneys

Sky Studios Natural Ventilation Chimneys © Arup Associates 

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“As well as being the most sustainable broadcast facility of its kind in Europe, Sky Studios will also be the most technologically-advanced.  This project is set to completely change both the way we work and the scope of the content we deliver”

Alistair Watters, Delivery Director, Sky 

Arup Associates; BSkyB studio controls

Photography by Luke Jarvis © ARUP ASSOCIATES 

1300 staff
8 recording studios
a 700-server data centre

SKY STUDIOS

NEW STANDARDS FOR SUSTAINABILITY

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.

Arup Associates Sky Studios natural ventilation

Section of the natural ventilation chimneys © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates Sky Studios rainwater recycling

Rainwater recycling diagram © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Sky Studios Wind Turbine

Wind turbine © Arup Associates 

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Arup Associates Sky Studios wind turbine blades

Wind turbine blades © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates Sky Studios turbine access ladder

Turbine access ladder © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates Sky Studios exploded view of wind turbine

Exploded view of wind turbine components © Arup Associates 

the first naturally ventilated television studio on Earth

SKY STUDIOS

Arup Associates; Sky Studios TV Content is Made on the Bottom Floors, Shaped in the Middle & Shared on the Top

TV content is made on the bottom floors, shaped in the middle and shared on the top © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates Sky Studios interacting spaces

Interacting spaces © Arup Associates 

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A SOCIAL SPACE FOR PEOPLE

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.

Arup Associates Sky Studios stairway

Stairway © Christian Richters 

Arup Associates Sky Studios section

Rendered section © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates Sky Studios stairway

Stairway © Christian Richters 

SKY STUDIOS

ON TIME AND UNDER BUDGET

For us, setting new standards for sustainability means much more than going green. In Sky Studios we’re proud to have delivered the most environmentally and socially sustainable building of its kind on Earth – on time and under budget.

Arup Associates Sky Studios under construction

Sky Studios under construction © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates Sky Studios under construction

Sky Studios under construction © Arup Associates 

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Arup Associates Sky Studios

Sky studios © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates Sky Studios ventilation chimneys under construction

Ventilation chimneys under construction © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates Sky Studios

Photography by Luke Jarvis © ARUP ASSOCIATES 

SKY STUDIOS

AWARDS

  •  Sustainable Project of the Year (£10m+) - Sustainability Awards
  • Sustainable Designer of the Year 2010: Arup Associates
  • Energy Efficient New Build Project of the Year - The Energy Awards
  • Judge’s Supreme Award - The Energy Awards

Nominated at:

  • The Guardian Sustainability Awards 2011
  • Building Awards 2011
  • The World Architecture Awards 2010
  • The Building Construction Industry Awards 2011
  • Sustainable Energy Europe Awards 2011
  • International Green Awards, Best Green Intelligent Building
Arup Associates Sky Studios

Photography by Luke Jarvis © ARUP ASSOCIATES 

Arup Associates Sky Studios

Photography by Luke Jarvis © ARUP ASSOCIATES 

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"Setting new standards for sustainability means much more than going green"

 

Arup Associates Sky Studios wind turbine

Sky Studios wind turbine © Arup Associates 

SKY STUDIOS

Client: British Sky Broadcasting
Architecture & Engineering: Arup Associates
Completion Date:June 2011
Arup Specialist:Acoustics, Facade, Geotechnics, Urban Design
Sustainable ratings: BREEAM Excellent

Sky Studios in numbers

67% reduction in energy consumption
£5million under budget
40% of energy from on-site renewables
23,000m2 GFA

Further reading

BSkyB - demonstrating sustainable broadcasting
Lynn Beavis, The Guardian, May 2011

James Murdoch’s Sky scraper
Jonathan Glancey, The Guardian, September 2010