MTV Studios Undergo Morgan Sindall Makeover
The MTV Studios and HQ of Viacom International Media Networks UK (VIMN UK) in Camden, North London are set to undergo a revamp, introducing new studios along with 35,000 sq ft of new and refurbished office space.
The canal-side site was first designed by Sir Terry Farrell in 1981, which saw the complete conversion of a 93,418 sq ft garage into the headquarters of Britain’s first commercial breakfast TV station, TV-am, before it was later taken over by VIMN UK in 1993.
The new proposal will be undertaken by construction and regeneration group Morgan Sindall, and has been designed by London architects Jacobs Webber, whose former projects range from Colmore Circus in Birmingham to the prestigious Gateway Towers in Khalidiya, Abu Dhabi.
As part of the refurbishment the atrium will be remodelled with glazing and skylights to increase natural light throughout the communal areas, while the exterior of the building will feature colourful briese soleil solar shading and be fitted with a ‘green wall’, created with the help of Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in London.
Similar to the ‘living roof’ concept, green walls, also known as living walls, biowalls or vertical gardens, provide an exterior surface for vegetation to grow and can be beneficial for insulation or heat retention within the building.
Kerry Waterman, Vice President, Planning and Design at client VIMN UK, said: “This is an exciting and challenging project, working around an operational site, but the final result will provide an exceptional and creative working environment.”
Peter Jacobs, Construction Managing Director of Morgan Sindall, said: “We welcome the opportunity to use our skills and capabilities at one of the best known buildings in North London. It’s a pleasure to work with the project team and a client that is a true giant in global entertainment.”
The project is scheduled to be completed by December 2012.
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