BBC Pacific Quay

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BBC Pacific Quay
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BBC Pacific Quay view from the Clyde
General information
Architectural style Post-modern
Location Glasgow
Address Pacific Quay, Pacific Drive, Glasgow, G51 1DA
Country Scotland
Current tenants BBC One Scotland
BBC Two Scotland
BBC Alba
BBC Radio Scotland
BBC Radio nan Gàidheal
Cost £72 million
Owner BBC Scotland
Design and construction
Architect David Chipperfield Architects, Keppie Architects

BBC Pacific Quay is BBC Scotland's television and radio studio complex at Pacific Quay, Glasgow, Scotland. Opened by then Prime Minister Gordon Brown in September 2007,[1] the studios are home to BBC Scotland's television, radio and online services and the headquarters of the BBC in Scotland.


The studios are located adjacent to the Glasgow Science Centre, across the river from the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre and adjacent to the studios of commercial broadcaster STV. The new building is one of the most modern digital broadcasting facilities in the world, complete with the BBC's first HD-capable newsroom.


There are three main television studios based at BBC Pacific Quay.

Studio A is the largest television studio at the complex with 8,417 sq ft of studio floor space. It can easily accommodate studio audiences of up to 320.

Studio B is the small to medium-sized studio with 2,594 sq ft of studio floor space. Small studio audiences of up to 100 can be accommodated in Studio B.

Studio C is the smallest studio and is the home to BBC Scotland's flagship news programme Reporting Scotland. The studio has 1,938 sq ft of studio floor space. This studio is used for local news, politics and current affairs programming for BBC Scotland and is therefore not usually available for use by other productions.

In addition, the Quay stage studio is used to host musical performances in front of a studio audience; acts have included KT Tunstall, Texas and The Fratellis [2][3] [4]. The central feature of the complex is used to record interviews, host political programming and transmit webcasts such as Authors Live. [5]

The complex also houses facilities needed for television productions, such as nine dressing rooms with three of those 'star', large green rooms, audience lounge, make up, wardrobe, production offices and full studio technical support services.[6][7][8]

The complex also houses six radio studios used for BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio nan Gàidheal and other radio stations.


The BBC had outgrown their old headquarters in Queen Margaret Drive, Glasgow.[9] In July 1999 the BBC indicated that around 800 staff would be moving to a new building that would be located at Pacific Quay.[10] The BBC held a competition to design a new building with more than seventy companies attracted. By March 2001 there was a shortlist of seven entries.[11]

The building[edit]

The £72m project on the River Clyde in Glasgow was designed by David Chipperfield Architects but Keppie Architects took control in late 2004.[12] It is home to the biggest TV recording space to be built in Scotland and has an area of 782 m2 (8,420 sq ft) with a new retractable stand seating for 320 audience members, although the studio can sit a maximum audience of 338 people.


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  2. ^ BBC Music (16 September 2016). "KT Tunstall - Maybe It's A Good Thing (The Quay Sessions)" – via YouTube.
  3. ^ BBC (4 June 2015). "Texas - Black Eyed Boy (The Quay Sessions)" – via YouTube.
  4. ^ BBC (13 August 2015). "The Fratellis - Chelsea Dagger (The Quay Sessions)" – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "Alex T Smith". BBC Music Events.
  6. ^ "BBC - Studio A - About BBC Scotland".
  7. ^ "BBC - Studio C - About BBC Scotland".
  8. ^ "BBC - Studio support - About BBC Scotland".
  9. ^ "Licence to thrill". The Herald. 30 June 2007. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  10. ^ "BBC Scotland set for riverside move". BBC News. 22 July 1999. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Architect for BBC building goes to the 'jury'". The Herald. 30 March 2001. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  12. ^ Rose, Steve (8 October 2007). "Box clever". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 July 2017.

Coordinates: 55°51′29″N 4°17′27″W / 55.858025°N 4.290924°W / 55.858025; -4.290924