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BBC’s Natural History Unit to move to new production base

NHU has been based on Whiteladies Road in Bristol since its formation in 1957

The BBC’s Natural History Unit is moving from its home on Whiteladies Road in Clifton to a new home in Bristol city centre.

Staff from the NHU and Factual Entertainment Bristol, which makes shows including Antiques Roadshow, Countryfile, Gardeners’ World and DIY SOS, will move to Bridgewater House in Finzels Reach, close to Temple Meads railway station.

The new production base will also house Factual Entertainment Bristol.

BBC Studios Bristol will lease three floors of Bridgewater House in Finzels Reach. A refit of the office will begin as soon as possible, with staff expected to move in at end of the year or early 2022.

Ralph Lee, director of content for BBC Studios, said: “Moving to a new production base in the centre of Bristol will enable us to continue to support and celebrate the creativity of the Natural History Unit and Factual Entertainment, build on our legacy and invest in our future.

“Bristol is the largest BBC Studios production base outside London and its indisputable success and ambition has empowered us to make this commercial investment. We want to grow our production business significantly and retain our position at the pinnacle of programme-making in a highly competitive global market.”

BBC Studios Natural History Unit currently has more than 25 projects in production for clients such as BBC, Apple, Discovery, Nat Geo and NBCUniversal. It has been based on Whiteladies Road since its formation in 1957.