BSkyB has chosen systems integrator ATG Broadcast to install, test and commission the studios and post-production facilities for its new £77m broadcasting facility in Osterley, west London.
The contract is grouped into three main technical elements and ATG has commenced work on two of these: a five-studio production centre plus a large post-production resource.
The latter comprises of 23 general purpose video edit suites, 11 fast turnaround edit suites, five playout edit suites, six Sky Sports News edit suites and six desktop post-production craft stations.
Also part of the post bundle is an eight-position content handling area, two graphics preparation areas, a new media production hub and an international commentary zone.
Auxiliary premises adjacent to ATG’s Letchworth headquarters have been acquired to accommodate equipment arriving for pre-installation testing.
ATG Broadcast managing director Graham Day said: “The systems being installed meet the highest standards of 1080i studio operation and file-based post-production. This facility is an impressive addition to the London skyline and proof of BSkyB’s commitment to efficiency.”
Sony’s Professional Services Division is the lead systems integrator for the technical fit out which should be completed by 2011.
When completed, the building (artist’s impression pictured above) will provide office space and accommodate more than 400 data servers.
Energy-conservation is a central feature of the structure, including a combined cooling, heating and power plant.