EVS played a pivotal role as the ventilation contractor for two significant refurbishments at one of London’s most iconic buildings, News UK
Essex Ventilation Services (EVS) was contracted for a major refurbishment on the 14th floor of News UK for talkSPORT radio. Prior to this, EVS supported the studio remodel for Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio. Both refurbishments took place consecutively at the News UK Building, located at 1 London Bridge Street.
Designed by Renzo Piano - the architect of The Shard - the News UK building (formerly known as The Baby Shard) opened in 2014. It is now home to some of the world’s leading media corporations, including its latest residents.
What’s New at talkSPORT Studios?
The talkSPORT team first took to the air from their new studios on Thursday 7 March 2019.
Presenter of the Sports Breakfast Show, Alan Brazil kicked off proceedings as the first to broadcast from the new studios on the 17th floor. He was clearly elated with his new surroundings at News UK, commenting on the views of St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and The Shard.
During his show, Brazil welcomed a bumper selection of celebrity guests to from News UK studios, including Ally McCoist, Dean Saunders, Ian Holloway, George Groves and Olly Murs.
Taking to Twitter Olly Murs gave his followers a tour of the studios, commenting, “What an unbelievable building this is, much better than the old one.”
The new talkSPORT studios were developed within, what was originally an open plan space on the 17th floor. It was divided into several studios, breakout zones and offices. Complete with funky and contemporary design the new talkSPORT studios are a vast contrast from their previous premises in Hatfields.
For the refurbishment, EVS were responsible for modifying the existing ventilation system. The project followed the completion of a studio refurbishment for the Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio, which is also located at News UK. Both refurbishments required an approach that was sympathetic to the studio environment.
New Studios Celebrate Return of Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show at Virgin Radio
When Chris Evans made his come back to Virgin Radio it was a significant milestone for the presenter and for the digital radio station. Evans had formerly owned Virgin Radio but sold it in 2008, when it was rebranded as Absolute Radio and is currently owned by Bauer Media.
After eight years off the air, Virgin Radio was re-established in 2016 by News UK, with a high-profile line-up of celebrity presenters.
Most recently, the station became headline news when Chris Evans departed his popular breakfast show at BBC Radio 2 after 13 years. His return to Virgin Radio was supported by an unforgettable broadcast and digital media campaign involving his real-life family, notably his son, who asked Evans numerous questions about the show.
Upon his return to Virgin Radio, Chris Evans and his breakfast radio team took occupancy in the News UK building. The team were welcomed with a newly enlarged and refurbished studio within the Virgin Radio floor at News UK.
The studio was refurbished specifically for the new Virgin Breakfast Show team. The space was created by knocking two existing studios into one large studio where Chris Evans and his team could welcome celebrity guests.
Modifying the Ventilation System for the Studio Environment
As the ventilation contractor for the News UK project, EVS were responsible for modifying the existing ventilation system, as well as installing new ductwork to facilitate this transition. Acoustics were a major consideration for the refurbishment of both the Virgin Radio and talkSPORT studio settings.
The Ductwork Installation
Inside the studio spaces, all the ductwork was concealed within ceiling voids and the majority of the ductwork outside the studio spaces in both refurbishments were left exposed to create a contemporary design feature. Attenuation and lined bespoke plenums formed part of the noise reduction strategy to suit the studio environments allowing the ventilation system to operate continuously during recording sessions.
Exposed ductwork must be installed with meticulous precision and EVS has the expertise to create this desirable look that so many businesses, architects and interior designers favour.
EVS was delighted to have been part of two major milestones within radio broadcasting and to have worked in such an iconic building.
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