Sky Central

A new, sustainable headquarters for Sky

As Europe's leading entertainment company, Sky dared to dream big.

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Sky Central Project summary

Client

Sky

Project value

£220m

Key partners

Arup, AL_A, PLP, EC Harris

Services provided

Construction, Fit out, Contracting, Specialist services

Sectors

Commercial

Locations

UK - London and south-east England

Project timeline

Start date
November 2013
End date
July 2016
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Project story

Our challenge was to bring their ambitious vision to life by radically reshaping the campus site of their international headquarters. Sky wanted the campus to provide the right facilities and a high quality environment to work in - and to bring content into the heart of the workplace.

Sky Central, the centrepiece of the campus, has studio facilities, a cinema, and office space for 3,500 employees. The building was designed to encourage the flow of people and ideas around the business, making it easier for people to collaborate, irrespective of the department they work in.

Prior to Sky Central, we constructed the adjacent 'Believe in Better' building on the campus, a new academy to educate young talent, as well as a health and fitness centre for staff.

The project, completed in just three years, exemplifies our breadth of expertise, with the MEP (Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health), logistics, utilities and fit out parts of the 'Mace Family' working together on the delivery of the new campus.

Project stats

400+ roof light panels preassembled off site
8.1km of laminated timber beams used for Sky Central's roof
62 Mace people volunteered for local community projects during the build

Points of note

Working in partnership

Sky wanted our proposed architect to review the internal spaces, at the same time as wanting to begin construction. We worked closely with the architect and the structural engineers to devise a way of progressively releasing designs so that we could provide the client with revised plans but still maintain delivery of the structure to the required timelines.

Servicing the building

Our MEP team delivered all of the mechanical and electrical services to the three buildings within the campus. By bringing in our expertise at an early stage on all three projects, we were able to generate substantial savings by adapting the design to make it faster and easier to prefabricate, construct and install.

Sustainability

Sky Central achieved a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’. We installed a rainwater harvesting system, solar panels, a green roof, and high-efficiency lighting to minimise energy consumption.

Better value and safer design

Our cost comparison resulted in the design of the more than 400 roof light cassettes changing from a metal composite to the better value timber option. We also altered the roof design from timber-clad steel beams to glued, laminated (glulam) timber. By preassembling these in multiple locations, we reduced the need to work at height on site.

Expert fit out

Using our fit out team, Como, meant the final phase to the interiors could overlap with the final elements of construction, saving time on the project. We fitted out the building with a wide range of work settings to accommodate the 3,500 staff in an activity-based workplace, multiple food and beverage points and service rooms, such as occupational health.

Logistical solutions

Our Logistics team introduced a delivery management process on site using trained specialist operatives to unload every lorry on the project. This increased efficiency and reduced damage, as usually each sub-contractor is responsible for unloading their own materials.

“Among the things I’m most proud of is the teamwork we’ve had on Sky, in terms of Mace businesses. We’ve had MEP, Logistics, Utilities here – and now Como.”