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Whilst at Arup Associates, Suzanne was a key member of the Design and On-Site Team for the BSkyB project.

BSkyB’s brief for a world-leading, genuinely sustainable HQ challenged Arup Associates to capture every viable natural resource on the site and to radically minimise energy use throughout. Sky Studios is, within its genre, the most sustainable broadcasting studio and datacentre building in the world. It houses approximately 1,300 permanent and production staff and incorporates recording, post-production and transmission facilities for Sky’s Broadcast and Sports News departments. The large natural ventilation chimneys of the recording studios are revealed on the exterior of Sky Studios, which some have likened to a new power station architecture for the 21st Century – a ‘factory for creativity’. Production facilities of this type are normally massively energy consuming. By contrast at Sky Studios, compelling teamwork between the multi-disciplinary designers, Sky and the Local Authority have resulted in a design that sets the international benchmark for sustainability in high energy use buildings.

BSkyB achieved a sustainability rating of BREEAM Excellent, Part L2A 2006 Minimum requirements were exceeded by 67% and an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) “A” rating (score of 22) making it the world’s most sustainable broadcast facility.

London, UK

Client British Sky Broadcasting

Size 22,400sqm

Value /

Status Completed


Building Magazine Sustainable Award UK
Sustainable Project of the Year

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