Sky Campus
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Sky Studios (view from the west) in Isleworth
Sky Campus is located in Greater London
Sky Campus
Location within Greater London
Alternative namesOsterley TVC
Sky Centre
Sky News Centre
General information
StatusOperational
TypeOffices and television studios
AddressGrant Way,
Isleworth,
TW7 5QD
CountryUnited Kingdom
Coordinates51°29′13″N 0°19′37″W / 51.487°N 0.327°W / 51.487; -0.327Coordinates: 51°29′13″N 0°19′37″W / 51.487°N 0.327°W / 51.487; -0.327
Current tenantsSky News
Sky Sports
Construction started1989
ClientSky
OwnerSky Group
(Comcast)
Design and construction
Architecture firmArup Associates (Sky Studios)
Quantity surveyorGleeds / Davis Langdon (Sky Studios)
Main contractorBovis Lend Lease (Sky Studios)

Sky Studios (also known as Sky Campus) is the headquarters of satellite broadcaster Sky, and home to much of their programming output.[1] The Isleworth campus consists of nine buildings plus ancillary structures, with three of those buildings containing television studios. The site is also a playout centre for many of Sky's channels.

There are ten conventional television studios on site, alongside a number of galleries, purpose-built studios for news and sports news broadcasting, and post-production facilities.[2] A number of the studios are available for independent production companies to hire.[3]

Sky Sports, Sky Sports News and Sky News all use the studios, alongside light entertainment shows such as Thronecast, Skavlan and Harry Hill's Tea Time. Previously it has been the home of shows such as Brainiac: Science Abuse.[4]

Studio facilities

The studios at Osterley are currently located across three main buildings.

Sky Studios / Harlequin 1

Aerial view of Sky's campus in 2011, with only Sky Studios complete
Aerial view of Sky's campus in 2011, with only Sky Studios complete

Originally called Harlequin 1,[5] the Sky Studios building contains eight conventional studios located on the ground floor.[6]

Studios 4 and 5 can be used together or separately thanks to a soundproof double door – combined, they are 122 ft long and 5,676.3 sq ft (527.35 m2).[3] Due to the door runners, camera pedestals cannot be tracked over the studio join. Shows such as Thronecast, Skavlan and Harry Hill's Tea Time have been made in these studios.

Studios 6, 7 and 8 have dock doors which open directly onto an access road, whilst studio 5 has a dock door with a short access tunnel before another door opening out onto an access road. Studios 1, 2, 3 and 4 have scene dock doors which open out onto a scene dock.

There are also a number of non-conventional studios located elsewhere in the building.

There are six production galleries on the ground floor alongside the conventional studios, with separate sound control rooms alongside each gallery. Any studio can be controlled from any gallery. Gallery 1 has been turned into a gallery which is capable of remote production for the EFL Championship. There is also a routing, distribution and instant replay hub in Studio 2's former control room, and Studio 7's control room is split into commentary booths and associated technical equipment. Sky Sports News is broadcast from Gallery 6. Sky News have two gallery facilities, PCR 21 and PCR 22, located on the second floor alongside Studio 22, which are used to control Studio 6, Studio 21, Studio 22, Millbank and the two City Studios. There are also a number of separate production galleries for remote sports production located elsewhere in the building.

Sky 2

Sky 2 is currently home of Sky Creative Agency and contains two television studios: one automated and one conventional.

Both studios share a covered scene dock but have separate production galleries. Studio F's gallery is located on the second floor, with access via a gantry from the studio floor, whilst Studio G's gallery is located on the same level as the studio. The Soccer AM (and previously, Game Changers) exterior set is located next to these studios.

Sky Central

Sky Central is the largest building on site, and is home to a significant proportion of Sky's staff. It was completed in 2016.[11] There is one studio in this building, located on the first floor.

This studio is currently controlled from PCR 21 on the second floor of the Sky Studios building.

In addition, the atrium and mezzanine of Sky Central was used for Sky News' coverage of the 2019 United Kingdom General Election.[13][14]

Former studio facilities

There are a number of buildings previously containing television studios which have now been vacated.

Sky 7, demolished in October 2019
Sky 7, demolished in October 2019

Sky News Centre / Sky 1

Built in 2004 and vacated in early 2018, with studio facilities moving to Sky Central and the Sky Studios building. Staff who previously occupied the Sky News Centre moved to a dedicated floor of the Sky Studios building.

The main Sky News gallery was, until January 2018, located behind Studio A and could regularly be seen in the background of shots, alongside Sky News' Network operations center.[16]

Parts of the building have now been modified for use as a scenery workshop.[17]

1989 warehouse

The original five studios on the site have all been demolished as of October 2019.

As of October 2019, Studio H (which became part of building Sky 7) has been demolished for the construction of the new Innovation Centre,[18][19] which also involved the demolition of the adjacent building, Sky 6.

Productions

Some productions have been broadcast from different studios, so the studios listed are the most recently used.

Sky Sports productions

Sky News productions

Sky productions

Other productions

References

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