Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Work gets started on new BBC home

Work is officially beginning on the BBC's new state-of-the-art studios at Sutton Harbour in Plymouth, Devon.
BBC South West is leaving its current home in Mannamead and hopes to be in the new building by the end of 2010.
The BBC is investing about £13m in the move to the waterfront site on the eastern side of Sutton Harbour.
The corporation will occupy three floors of the development which will house another organisation, business units and about 100 flats.
The BBC South West operation includes Spotlight, BBC Radio Devon and BBC News Interactive.
John Lilley, head of the BBC in the South West, said: "We have been in Seymour Road in Mannamead for about 60 years and the building is really no longer fit for purpose for what we want to deliver to our audiences in 2008 moving forward.
"We have decided to move down here and provide a service for our licence fee payers that will be closer to them, in a building that will be more accessible to them.
"We will be able to have a closer relationship with them which is what the BBC wants to do in the future."