Sky Opens Europe’s Greenest Studio in London
Sky Studios, formerly known as Harlequin 1, is a new ┬ú233m state-of-the-art production and broadcasting property for global entertainment and media corporation, Sky.
Earlier this week Sky Sports News became the first channel to go on air from the new studio, which provides space and facilities for the complete end-to-end production schedule. The new location is said to cement the company’s commitment to the UK, supported by the announcement last month that Sky plans to increase their investment in British programmes by 50% over the next three years.
Designed and built with maximum energy-efficiency in mind, the studio building is claimed to be the most sustainable of its kind in Europe and has earned a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating along with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ‘A’ rating.
Its sustainable credentials include a range of naturally ventilated office space, studios and suites which reduces the need for air conditioning, while a biomass-fuelled system will supply part of the energy required for cooling and heating the building. Around 90% of the power required to light the building will be generated by an on-site wind turbine, and various rainwater harvesting measures are in place to improve the building’s water efficiency.
The building provides office space for 1,370 permanent and production staff.
Commenting on the new facility, Chief Executive of Sky Jeremy Darroch said:
“Opening Sky Studios is a significant step in Sky’s development, and this building stands testament to our commitment to home-grown, high quality British content.
“Not only is Sky Studios the most environmentally sustainable broadcasting facility in Europe, its cutting edge technology will also help us continue to create ground-breaking and innovative programming long into the future.”
At the 2010 Sustainability Awards, Sky Studios won the ‘Sustainable Project of the Year’ category and also received nominations for The Guardian Sustainability Awards 2011, Building Awards 2011 and 2011 Sustainable Energy Europe Awards.
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