BBC South West confirms move to Sutton Harbour
The BBC has confirmed that it is to move to new, state-of-the-art, digital broadcasting premises at Sutton Harbour in Plymouth, putting it at the heart of the city's maritime heritage.
The new building will be purpose built to provide the South West with a Broadcast Centre for the 21st century.
It is being developed by Plymouth-based regeneration and transport company the Sutton Harbour Group, with which the BBC has signed an agreement for lease.
The new Sutton Harbour building will house the BBC South West operation, including Spotlight and BBC Radio Devon, currently housed in Mannamead.
Building work is due to commence in 2008, and it is anticipated that the BBC will move into the new premises and begin broadcasting by late 2010.
John Lilley, Head of the BBC's South West region, said: "This move will place our journalists and programme-makers closer to our audience and provide us with accessible facilities fit for the digital future.
"It's an exciting time for the BBC in the South West and demonstrates the BBC's commitment to developing and maintaining the strength of its local and regional broadcasting."
Chris Kane, Head of BBC Workplace, said: "The new development at Sutton Harbour is part of the BBC's wider commitment to provide modern, flexible, open buildings for the digital age, situated in the heart of the communities we serve."
Nigel Godefroy, Managing Director of the Sutton Harbour Group, said: "This is the latest stage in our comprehensive regeneration of Sutton Harbour which has already seen £60million of investment in just five years. This new scheme will make maximum use of the site and we're delighted to have attracted such a prestigious occupier as the BBC to the city's waterfront."
The BBC fit-out works will be designed by the BBC's framework architects BDP Ltd.
Notes to Editors
The BBC will occupy 22,000 sq ft of space on three floors in a new 11-storey development, including a roof terrace with panoramic views of Sutton Harbour.
There will be a further 11,000 sq ft of office space available, and 6,000 sq ft of ground floor commercial space, plus 101 residential apartments including 20 affordable units and 81 available on the open market.
The development, which has planning permission, includes secure car parking and a new public piazza on the harbourside that can be used for outside broadcasts. It is expected to be completed towards the end of 2009. The BBC will undertake an extensive fit-out of its part of the development once completed.
The Sutton Harbour Group is a regeneration and transport group headquartered in Plymouth and listed on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.