The BBC’s bright future in the north

Photo: Samantha Pidoux

Three students from the LSJ got an exclusive first look at the BBC’s new buildings in Manchester. Ellen Green, Charlotte Reid and Lisa Denholm visited the site in October to meet some of the people behind the move and find out what the move for the BBC means to its staff and the construction company behind the development.

Words by Ellen Green

Arriving in Salford the sun seemed to reflect the bright future that the BBC was aiming for. Salford in Manchester will be the new home to the BBC. It will become part of the Media city complex. Moving the BBC to the North will be the biggest change the BBC has ever carried out, and they’ve certainly created an atmosphere. Salford Quay’s tree-lined waters are the setting for the Corporation’s new peaceful community – quite a change from London’s chaotic city centre.  

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Caroline Roberts-Cherry an executive producer from the BBC expressed passionately that she wanted this new space to provide more opportunities for people from the North.  As a woman from Manchester she was thrilled that the youth of today won’t have to make the commute to London like she did when she was starting out. “Perhaps I am biased because, as I am from Manchester, I have really enjoyed working here for the past few years. ”

Photo: Samantha Pidoux

PEEL construction are the company behind the design and development of media city. Head of Communications for PEEL construction, Paul Newman, is excited about the development and the BBC’s move there. He said: “The concept was prompted by the BBC’s decision to move significant chunks of their output and departments top the North of England.” The design company The Chase  have worked with PEEL to come up with an environmentally and creative friendly space, as it’s a city of the future: “We wanted something to be creative yet effective.”  

In 2011 the BBC will move departments such as Five Live, BBC Sport and BBC Children’s to media city.

You can hear Charlotte Reid’s report on the ‘future of the BBC’.