Sky is one of Europe’s leading telecommunications and media companies and is the UK’s largest pay-TV broadcaster. Following a successful competition entry, PLP Architecture was commissioned to design the interior and develop the exterior for the new main building at their West London campus.
The building needed to bring nearly 3500 employees together into a single community whose identity would reflect the fast-paced and ever-evolving nature of broadcasting and telecommunications. We wanted it to accommodate a wide variety of working styles in a flexible, efficient and future-proofed manner and we worked closely with the client to develop a unique programmatic distribution within the building.
The resulting design promotes collaboration and efficient task-based working and encourages encounter and interaction among staff throughout the organisation. The extensive use of timber together allowed for significant offsite prefabrication and a reduced programme / carbon footprint during construction. Coupled with extensive natural daylight, a sense of health and wellbeing is promoted among employees and the building has received WELL Certification in recognition of this.
Interior Concept and Project Delivery
Structural and Building Engineer
Office Headquarters including Communal Breakout Spaces, Restaurants, 200 Seat Cinema and Live Broadcast Studio
Crucially, despite its size, the building also embraces the individual thanks to the creation of distinct neighbourhoods. These are organised around a central hub atrium with an elevated and transparent live broadcast studio. A long central street runs east to west through the building to connect the main entrances. This space is lined with a series of unique workspaces, a cinema, dining spaces, informal meeting areas and support facilities.
This organisation establishes a hierarchy of spaces revolving a range of work areas accessed by stairs and ramps. Multiple paths are available between spaces which help encourage journey variation throughout the building, further augmenting the sense of discovery and passive interaction and allowing both ideas and people to flow and interweave continually.
PLP’s work for Sky also looked at the wider masterplan for the entire campus, focusing on landscape design and future building development parcel massing options. Additionally, project phasing and planning was developed, working closely with the main contractor to look at temporary solutions as new buildings were completed and ensuring the entire campus remained safe and operational during further construction works.
2017 BCO Awards Best of the Best
2017 BCO Awards Corporate Workplace
2017 AJ Awards Best Workplace of the Year
2017 FX Design Awards UK Project of the Year
2017 NLA Awards Best Built Workplace Sky Central winner
2017 Construction News Awards Project of the Year over £50m (Shortlisted)
2017 Offsite Awards Commercial/Retail Project of the Year (Shortlisted)
2017 Offsite Awards Best use of timber (Shortlisted)
2017 Mixology Awards Large Commercial Interiors Project of the Year
2017 Estates Gazette Awards (Shortlisted)
2016 Timber Structure Awards (Shortlisted)