UKTV Signs 15 Year Lease For New HQ In London

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UKTV is poised to relocate from their current headquarters on Hammersmith Road to a new facility just up the road at Hammersmith Grove (pictured), TVWise has learned.

The commercial network – which is a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive – has signed a fifteen year lease for 32 500 square feet of space at Hammersmith Grove with Development Securities PLC and the SWIP Property Trust, with plans to transform the ecologically-recognised development, which is situated right next to the underground station, into a ground-breaking new headquarters which will house its 250 person strong staff, led by CEO Darren Childs.

UKTV is partnering with PENSON Group, one of Europe’s leading interior design and architecture studios, to design the new space, which is set to be “inspirational, distinctive and built for innovation.” The new offices at Hammersmith Grove are set to feature sociable working spaces, a café-bar, outdoor terrace, studio facilities and a screening room. UKTV aims to have moved into the new HQ by July 2014. UKTV’s Facilities Director Sarah Nelson is overseeing the move to the new building, which is one of the first in London to be entirely lit by LED lights and powered by solar panels.

“10 Hammersmith Grove will be a ground-breaking facility for UKTV”, said Darren Childs, CEO of UKTV. “The new development increases the size of our current office and gives us the opportunity to create an inspirational working space fit for a broadcaster with a commitment to technology, imagination and the future of media. Technology will be at the heart of our progressive new workspace, and it will give everyone at UKTV the freedom to work creatively and collaboratively.”

The announcement that UKTV plans to move to a new purpose designed HQ in London comes after the broadcaster has been enjoying unparalleled success. 2013 marked the third consecutive year of ratings growth for the company, with an average audience share of 4.67%, up 5% on 2012′s audience share of 4.43%. While UKTV also cemented their position as a key player in commissioning original content; setting aside a content budget of £110 million with plans to move into the very-competitive drama space for the first time with Legion, a scripted drama from Red Planet Pictures founder Tony Jordan which is set up at flagship entertainment channel Watch.

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