BBC Studioworks has officially launched its new purpose-built studios in Kelvin Hall in Glasgow’s West End.
Co-funded by the Scottish Government, through Screen Scotland and Glasgow City Council, the facility is billed as a major boost to Scotland’s capacity to produce multi-genre TV productions.
Covering a large footprint of 10,500 sq. ft, Kelvin Hall can accommodate both long-term residencies and spot bookings for entertainment shows across multiple genres. The sound and lighting galleries are the largest that BBC Studioworks has built across its entire UK footprint.
STV Studios has become the first client to record-in the new studio, with the second series of BBC One’s quiz show, Bridge of Lies.
As well as installing HD facilities to ensure the best possible picture quality, Kelvin Hall features high quality audio equipment. The studios also feature resilient internet connectivity together with hardwired and radio communication systems for robustness in production communications, user flexibility and performance.
Sustainability has also been a key driver in the studio design. As part of a wider redevelopment initiative at the site, it repurposes a previously derelict section of a historically important building. The studio has been designed without dimmers to support LED and low energy lighting technology. The reduced heat generated by the low energy lighting has enabled the use of air-source heat pump technology for heating and cooling, and the ventilation plant has class-leading efficiency using heat recovery systems.
BBC Studioworks, alongside Screen Scotland and the NFTS, have also invested in a Multi Camera TV Conversion Programme to help individuals with some experience in the industry kickstart their careers in studio entertainment production. The intention is for this investment to continue.
Andrew Moultrie, CEO of BBC Studioworks said: “This is a new and exciting chapter for BBC Studioworks as we expand our footprint across the UK. This is also a new chapter for this historic and much-loved building. Adding to its rich and varied history, Kelvin Hall now boasts a purpose-built studio facility which is futureproofed with cutting edge and industry leading technology.”
The technical equipment installed at Kelvin Hall is as follows:
Cameras, visions mixers and monitors
- Six Sony HDC-3200 studio cameras. The 3200 is Sony’s latest model which has a native UHD 4K image sensor and can easily be upgraded to UHD.
- Sony XVS7000 vision switcher, LMD and A9 OLED monitors for control room monitoring.
Hardwired and radio communications systems
- 32 Bolero radio beltpacks with the distributed Artist fibre-based intercom platform and for external comms, VOIP codecs.
- A SAM Sirius routing platform solution to support the most challenging applications in a live production environment and to ensure easy adoption of future technology innovations.
- Studer Vista X large-scale audio processing solution
- Calrec Type R grams mixing desk.
- A Reaper multi track recording server.
- ETC Ion XE20 lighting desk and an ETC DMXLan lighting network.
- 108 lighting bars with a mix of 16A and 32A outlets (if tungsten is required).
- 48 Desisti F10 Vari-White Fresnels.
- 24 ETC Source 4 Series 3 Lustr X8 coming early 2023.