BBC studios upgrades with Custom Consoles12 June 2013
BBC Studios and Post Production has completed a relocation and renewal project, supported by Custom Consoles. While the Television Centre is being redeveloped, BBC Studios and Post Production has relocated its London studios to Elstree and is providing HD TV studios at BBC Elstree and Elstree Film Studios in Borehamwood.
The commission included moving the existing main production desk, production monitor wall and the lighting and vision monitor wall. Three additional desks have been provided, two from Custom Consoles’ Module-R series plus a specifically designed lighting control desk.
Immediately rear of the relocated front desk is a new Custom Consoles Module R desk with three computer-based workstations used in supporting production roles.
Lighting and vision control are performed in a separate room. The monitor wall is of Custom Consoles design and the control desk here is designed for use by a team of three people with support from an additional colleague seated at a rear Module-R desk.
“All the pre-installed equipment was carefully removed prior to the production desk and the two monitor walls being relocated from Television Centre to Elstree,” commented Custom Consoles sales manager Gary Fuller. “Once at the new site, the furniture was repopulated and integrated with the rest of the production system. The relocation and new installs were all completed efficiently and on schedule.”
The new facility is structured as two separate rooms and becomes the main technical control resource for the 11,800sqft Elstree Studio D. A Custom Consoles monitor wall at the front of the production control room accommodates 26 video display panels of various sizes plus a studio clock and monitor loudspeaker. Facing this is the main vision control desk which is designed for use by a five-person production team. Technical facilities embedded in the desk include a production mixer, slow-motion effects controller and director-to-camera communication.