The UK’s Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Michelle Donelan has officially opened Sky’s new Innovation Centre located on its Osterley campus.
The new Innovation Centre houses 600 tech engineers, and software and app developers creating the next generation of Sky’s technology and platforms, and is also Sky’s first fully net zero carbon building with over 473 sqm of solar photovoltaic panels.
The Innovation Centre is the latest addition to Sky’s headquarters in West London. Sky’s campus is home to over 8,000 staff, including its dedicated studios for Sky News and Sky Sports.
On her visit, the Secretary of State also took part in a Sky Up Academy Studios session with a group of school children who used Sky’s digital technology to create their own TV content and learn about the roles in the creative industry.
Donelan said: “It is my mission to give people the skills they need for the high-quality, well-paid jobs of the future - so it is great to see companies like Sky investing to train up our next generation of software and app developers and tech engineers. Innovation is what Britain does best, and it is at the heart of the government’s priorities for growth.”
Dana Strong, Group CEO of Sky, said: “I’m delighted to welcome the Secretary of State to open Sky’s new Innovation Centre on our London campus. Sky is part of the UK’s thriving cultural economy. We employ tens of thousands of people here and our new Innovation Centre shows that our commitment to UK technology and talent has never been stronger.”