Siemens Business Services has been awarded the contract for the design, build and implementation of the broadcast technology and infrastructure necessitated as part of BBC Scotland’s move to a new headquarters building in 2007. The deal, worth up to £52.7m, is in addition to Siemens existing 10-year Technology Framework Contract with the BBC.
BBC Scotland’s new broadcast centre at Pacific Quay Glasgow will be a fully digital operation with HD capabilities. As the prime systems integrator, Siemens Business Services will be responsible for delivery of the complete technology package. Every aspect of working in the broadcast centre, from the telephone system to the editing of radio and TV content will involve the latest technology enabling the provision and configuration of projects. “By transforming the entire production process, this project will create one of the most leading edge integrated broadcast centres in Europe,” said Tom White, MD of Siemens Business Services GB&I.
New technology to be implemented includes digital production and post production (including graphics and dubbing) radio production and studios, TV studios, presentation and playout facilities, a digital library and rich media search infrastructure.
“Pacific Quay offers us a unique opportunity to build a world-class broadcast centre incorporating the most innovative technologies, which will act as a reference site for the industry” said Iain Marley, Pacific Quay project director, BBC Scotland. “We’re sure our new headquarters will also become the benchmark for broadcasters in terms of state-of-the-art technology, production methods and public access.”