On time delivery
of Sky Studios

“There was a requirement to have a flexible and usable solution in place to ensure the delivery deadline was met.”
Robert Davies, PMO Manager, Broadcast Services
British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB)

Overview

British Sky Broadcasting Group (commonly known as BSkyB) is a British satellite broadcasting, broadband and telephony services company headquartered in London, with operations in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Formed in 1990 by the equal merger of Sky Television and British Satellite Broadcasting, BSkyB is the largest pay-TV broadcaster in the United Kingdom and Ireland with over 10.6 million customers.

Challenge

In Sept 2008 BSkyB needed to deliver, efficiently, effectively and on time, Sky Studios. This was a sophisticated new broadcast studio facility with the Technical Fit-out designed in collaboration with Sony.

The Studios, which began broadcasting in July 2011, are set over three floors designed for studio work and post production. It involved complex designs and a sophisticated technical layout, which needed to be fully operational to deliver end-to-end broadcasting within a three year time period.

Robert Davies, PMO Manager, Broadcast Services commented: “There was a requirement to have a flexible and usable solution in place to ensure the delivery deadline was met.”

Solution

With more than two hundred people involved in this complex, Projectplace, the online collaboration solution, was selected to assist with the smooth running of the project, specifically to help BSkyB and Sony engage efficiently on the Technical Fit-out programme. Projectplace was used by both companies to share and update crucial design documents securely and cost-effectively.

This involved Designers, Project Managers, external Service Integrators, Broadcast & Network Engineers and Senior Management.

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