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BBC Studio MV6

For the BBC, we refurbished a radio music studio to house drama recording facilities. We used a box-in-box approach to its construction. The standards required by the client were exacting and we had to balance the achievement of these standards with the need for a fast construction time.

Producing radio drama calls for a wide range of acoustic characteristics for recording purposes. Close consultation with BBC producers and managers resulted in a tightly planned arrangement of spaces, each with its own acoustic treatment. These are designed to simulate internal, external and domestics sound environments. They incorporate several innovative acoustic-related features, including an anechoic spiral acoustic trap - a device used in internal spaces to simulate the effects of distance.

BBC Studio MV6
Maida Vale, London, UK
£1m | opened 1992

photo: John Walsom