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Green light for new BskyB 'showcase' building

by Jim Dunton Tue 11 February 2014, 3:30 pm

Broadcaster BskyB has won planning permission for a three-storey 'showcase' building at the heart of its Isleworth campus.

Hounslow Council’s planning committee approved proposals for the construction of a 3,886 sq metre training and office centre at BskyB’s Centaurs Business Park complex.

A report to committee members said the structure would be named the “Believe in Better Building” and would provide an entrance building fronting a new “arrival plaza” on Grant Way.

The bulk of its floorspace would house Team Sky Performance training facilities and a support faclility for the Sky Studios Academy youth experience, with around 960 sq metres of the remaining space allocated for offices.

A supporting planning statement described the 60-metre-wide, 21-metre-tall building as “a significant showcase design” that would “provide an image of Sky as an exciting, hi-tech innovative and desirable place to work and engage with”.

Recommending the scheme for approval, planning officers said the proposal was a further consolidation of the BSkyB operations at the site and had an acceptable impact upon the function of the business park.

They said it developed the site’s economic position “providing significant investment in training and education opportunities for staff and local people, whilst not harming neighbours’ living conditions, local transport infrastructure or the character and appearance of the surrounding area”.

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