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[ Project focus: MediaCityUK ]


is bespoke and has been configured with energy saving in mind. This project used 9,476 luminaires and 14,032 lamps in total.’ For the electrical work, NG Bailey also used the Cablofil


steel wire tray system, which was installed as risers and at high level, suspended from the ceilings and hidden in the ceiling voids. During the project NG Bailey had 250 people on site at


any one time. They were supported by 40 people in the management team, who took care of areas such as CAD design and off-site warehousing. NG Bailey adopted a ‘just in time’ approach to product delivery on-site, due to there being very little on-site storage. Black comments: ‘We developed a local logistics centre


for the site based in Warrington. It allowed us to hold stock in reserve so we never ran out and could get anything we needed here in under two hours.’


Environment Peel Holdings’ total investment in Phase 1 of MediaCityUK is in the region of £500m, and at every stage of its development the environment and sustainability have been high on the agenda. All of MediaCityUK’s buildings aspire to the highest environmental and energy saving ratings and it is the first development in the world to become a BREEAM approved sustainable community.


This extends as far as using environmentally friendly


It is the first development in the world to become a BREEAM approved sustainable community


ways to transport materials to the construction site. Some materials, such as the paving for the piazza, were delivered via the Manchester Ship Canal by barge, reducing the need for emission-heavy motorway journeys. MediaCityUK will be served by a trigeneration power plant, emissions by centralising


which will help minimise CO2


heating and cooling equipment. This process will also utilise water from the Manchester Ship Canal, before returning it cleaner than before. NG Bailey adopts a company-wide approach to sustainability, and on the MediaCityUK site it used the waste facilities that were set up by Bovis Lend Lease. All waste materials had to be sorted in separate containers, which were then recycled where possible. Black says: ‘While this formed part of the original tender requirement, we were careful to use any means we could of reducing our carbon footprint.’


Acoustics Owned and operated by Peel Media, the studio block will include seven high definition television studios, two audio studios and a technical block featuring fully equipped sound and vision control rooms, core post facilities, dressing rooms, workshops and green rooms. With the buildings functioning as studios, the need to address the issue of acoustic integrity was taken to extreme


Phase 1 timeline


Early 2010 n Buildings A and B handed over to the BBC. n Fit-out begins.


Summer 2010 n Parts of MediaCityUK public realm area open. n MediaCityUK Metrolink tram stop completed. n First residents move into apartments at TheHeart and NumberOne MediaCityUK.


Autumn 2010 n Holiday Inn opens. n First office space in South Tower of MediaCityUK Studio Block ready for occupier fit out.


n First office space in building B4 ready for occupier fit out.


Early 2011 n MediaCityUK Studios go live. n Four floors of building B4 handed over to the University of Salford.


n Fit out begins.


Spring 2011 n BBC starts moving staff into its buildings. n Retailers start trading.


Summer 2011 n Media Enterprise Centre operational.


Autumn 2011 n First students and staff start using the University of Salford’s offices.


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