BBC North is one of the most ambitious projects in our history and will create a new centre of excellence outside London for production, technology development, training and digital media. The move starts in May 2011 and the project is on time and on budget.
The BBC is paid for by the whole of the UK and needs to better reflect the breadth and depth of our culture and be representative of all those who fund it. BBC North will help meet the commitment to our audiences to get as close to them as possible.
Twenty-five per cent of licence fee payers live in the North - from Liverpool to Newcastle – yet currently only 8% of network programmes are made in the region. Our audiences in the North have told us that they feel less well served and represented and a new creative hub in the North will help redress this balance.
From our base at MediaCityUK and our regional offices in Leeds, Hull, Sheffield and Newcastle, BBC North will support locally produced, high quality content for every platform using the latest innovations in technology. We will also create new content that will be enjoyed by audiences across the UK in the same way that BBC Wales makes great drama like Doctor Who or BBC Bristol produces landmark natural history series from the South West.
The move facilitates the creation of new partnerships with organisations including independent producers, cutting edge digital companies and universities across the North of England.
There will be up to 2,300 BBC jobs in MediaCityUK including hundreds of new vacancies. BBC North will lead the way in training and developing talent, building on the rich mix of skills and experience already available in the North of England.
BBC North will provide four key benefits:
Since 2009, BBC North has invested in a series of initiatives including:
And already the local community is beginning to see some tangible results of our presence in the area. The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra continues its work with the Salford Family Orchestra, Doctor Who and BBC News School Report have worked with over 3,000 local school children.
|Building||Design & Fit-Out||40.8|
|People||Relocation, recruitment, training & redundancy||86.5|
|Technology/facilities||Presentation areas, radio studios, editing facilities, central infrastructure||74.8|
|Migration||Move to MediaCityUK & Dual Running||19.9|
|Project North||Central Project Management Team||11.3|
|Off-set by projected capital spend in pre-migration location (See note)||(44)|
The cost of the move to MediaCityUK is under £200m which includes the recent additions such as BBC Breakfast. This figure represents the cost of the transition project, relocation and redundancy packages for staff, and the installation of new technology.
We have committed to recouping the cost over twenty years and if possible will reduce the payback period significantly by fully occupying our more cost-effective buildings and introducing more efficient ways of working.
The National Audit Office report on BBC Estates quoted a figure of £877m. However, this covers the 20-year running costs of the five departments moving to Salford Quays and includes lease costs and ongoing operational and technology costs. If these departments remain in London their running costs will be higher. The costs of running Salford Quays are lower because there are significant savings in sharing studios, phasing out London Weighting, occupying energy-efficient buildings and selling existing properties. These savings will be invested in programme making.
BBC North is at MediaCityUK, the UK’s first purpose built Media City situated in Salford Quays around two miles from Manchester City Centre, on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal. The BBC leases three buildings from the owners, Peel Media, which will be home to a diverse mix of talented people making BBC favourites, including Match of the Day, Blue Peter, Dragons’ Den, 5 live Drive and three hours a day of BBC One output by BBC Breakfast.
MediaCityUK is being developed and managed by Peel Media, a division of the Peel Group, one of the leading property and transport companies in the UK, with an asset value in excess of £6 billion. Peel Media’s investment in Phase 1 of MediaCityUK is in the region of £650million.
Roughly twice the size of Trafalgar Square, the MediaCityUK Stage is an outdoor arena with enough room for around 5,000 people to attend events and enjoy content on a huge screen infront of the Studio Block. BBC North will use this space to showcase what we do in new and exciting ways.
The MediaCityUK Park will provide a green oasis away from the hustle and bustle – a relaxing waterside retreat to watch the world go by. The front of the Park is where the Metrolink will pull up to its brand new tram stop.
The BBC's home in the North of England is one of the most ambitious projects in the BBC's history. We're throwing open our doors, so you can take a peek behind the scenes. We are now home to a whole host of BBC channels and programmes including favourites such as Match Of The Day, Blue Peter, Dragons' Den, BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 Live and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, to name just a few.
There are two interactive tours on offer at MediaCityUK: the BBC Tour and the CBBC Children's tour. Click here to book.
Peter is Director, BBC North. He is leading the development of the world's most advanced broadcasting centre and the largest move of staff and departments out of London in the BBC's history. On completion the centre at Salford Quays will house over 2,000 staff and a number of BBC departments - including BBC Sport, BBC Children's and Radio 5 Live for which Peter has responsibility.
Where do you work?
North West Tonight as a Technical Operator.
What does the move to Salford mean to you?
Working with a new team because of the BBC Breakfast move and a chance to work on non news-related programmes.
What are you most looking forward to?
Lovely new location and brand new equpiment.
Are you interested in becoming a BBC supplier? Have a look at our procurement website for more information on the process.
For everything you need to know about the BBC commissioning and delivery process across TV & Multiplatform, Radio and Technology & Online.
*these teams have moved from BBC Manchester Oxford Road
In October 2011, the University of Salford opened a unique digital learning, teaching and research space. Over 1,500 students now study on 39 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes using the very latest industry specified equipment, studio and labs.
SIS committed to moving its London operation to Salford Quays and occupying 25,000 sq ft of offices above the studio facilities at MediaCityUK. They started to move in 2011 and expect to have in excess of 100 staff working there by 2013.
ITV is set to build a stand alone production centre and studio for Coronation Street on a 7.7 acre site at Trafford Wharf. ITV’s offices will be spread across several floors within MediaCityUK’s Orange tower, providing the latest technology for ITV Studios’ production and management teams, ITV regional news, and support staff.
BBC North is located at:
MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, M50 2EQ
MediaCityUK has its own Metrolink stop with connections to Piccadilly, Victoria, Bury, Altrincham and Eccles. For more information on the Metrolink, click here.
Many bus routes operate in the Salford Quays area from Manchester City Centre and the surrounding areas - click here for a map of bus routes in Salford.
MediaCityUK has its own Multi-storey Car Park that is for visitors as well as staff. Click here for how to get here by car.
MediaCityUK has 300 external cycle racks for you to park your bicycle – for a good route to Salford Quays, click here.
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