Nordic media companies TV 2, NRK, Vizrt, Bergens Tidende, Bergensavien and the media department at the University of Bergen (UIB) are to relocate to the purpose-built MediaCity Bergen, a project to be completed in 2017.
The 45,000sqm facility will be the largest business building in downtown Bergen and will be the base for 1200 media professionals and students. Construction of MediaCity Bergen will begin early next year.
TV 2 initiated the project with the ambition to establish an environment of creativity and collaboration in Bergen. “A move to new and more flexible, offices, tailored for a TV-channel, is very important to further develop TV 2 as a channel with their headquarter in Bergen,” said Alf Hildrum, CEO of TV 2.
MediaCity Bergen, created by MAD Arkitekter, will have an interactive media facade facing the main street. Inside the main entrance will be a large atrium which will serve as a meeting and networking point. Common meeting room facilities, a greenhouse environment and various restaurants will also feature. The tenants will cooperate on technical solutions, data centres and other service offerings.
Vizrt, supplier of realtime graphics and video solutions plans to move its international headquarters to MediaCity Bergen. “In MCB, we get fantastic access to a high level of competence from TV, newspapers and education institutions, and can develop the future of media tools together with them,” commented Fredrik Gunnestad, president NEMEA, Vizrt.
The UIB plans to move its 220 students from media education courses to the new facility, and has made various agreements with other tenants including TV 2, which will allow students access to its studios.