Visit to BBC MediaCity UK

MediaCity UK is an 81 ha mixed use development on former brownfield docklands in Salford and Trafford, Greater Manchester. The project was developed by Peel; principal tenants include the BBC, the University of Salford and ITV.

The BBC moved to the facility as part of a decentralisation of its operations, starting in 2007. Today, the BBC occupies four buildings, housing approximately 2,300 staff:

-          Quay House is the largest at 12,500m2, and is the only one used for twenty-four hours a day. While it is primarily used as office space, the building also houses two television studios and radio studios. The studio spaces are relatively loose-fit, working within the standard floor to floor dimensions of the structure.

-          Bridge House houses a variety of production facilities.

-          Dock House is primarily an office space, but also houses radio studios.

-          The Studios contain seven studios of a variety of sizes; the BBC hires studio space out to Sky and ITV. They are of a variety of sizes – the largest sits on hydraulic jacks for noise dampening purposes.

 From left: Quay House, Bridge House and The Studios.

From left: Quay House, Bridge House and The Studios.

 A studio on the 1st floor of the Quay House.

A studio on the 1st floor of the Quay House.

 Transmission facility adjacent to ITV Studios.

Transmission facility adjacent to ITV Studios.