The Midas Group has begun work on a £13 million upgrade of the BBCs Plymouth office in Seymour Road, which will include widespread technology improvements planned as part of the broadcasters continued commitment to audiences in the region.
Midas, based in Plymouth and one of the UK’s largest independent construction and property services providers, will renovate the state-of-the art broadcasting hub, part of an 18 month contract which will see the BBC ready to broadcast from its new television studios in October 2014, with the first radio programmes broadcast from May 2015.
The plans for Seymour Road site refurbishment will ‘future-proof’ the BBCs broadcast capability, as well as providing modern facilities for staff and visitors. The BBC believes the work provides the best value to licence fee payers in the South West, transforming the site into a cutting edge centre of news-gathering and broadcasting.
Mike O’Neill, Divisional Director for Midas Construction in Devon and Cornwall said:
“We’re delighted to be the BBC’s preferred contractor to develop its site at Seymour Road. This exciting project is great for the city and particularly good news for local employment and sub-contractors in the region.”
The BBC has appointed local architects AWW and project managers AECOM to develop the refurbishment proposals.