Having worked on the fit out of the ITV Cymru Wales News offices in Cardiff Bay, we were appointed to refurbish the existing Bath Road Studios offices for ITV West Country News in Bristol.
Taking the same approach as the Cardiff offices, the working environment needed to be brought up to speed with ITV’s branding changes, incorporating their new colour scheme and becoming a more collaborative space for the 55 staff that worked there.
Working with both Wheelers Group LLP and the ITV West Country News team, the project would be completed over three phases, allowing for the minimum amount of disruption and ensuring that the offices were never shut down at any point.
An open plan layout with informal spaces containing soft comfortable chairs encouraged collaboration and idea sharing, while the main meeting room with its video conferencing facilities, was a more formal space when privacy was needed.
The partition wall that the TV screens were featured on was reinforced to take the extra weight and integrated storage was added to conceal the power and data cables, as well as house office accessories.
Further storage solutions included a personal locker space with coat-hanging areas and full-height dressing room wardrobes to suit the needs of the ITV West Country News presenters.
All areas of the office were looked at, from edit suites and voice-over booths to dressing rooms, technical workshops and the main feature in the open-plan office space; a 4m-high media wall. Made up of six 60-inch smart TV screens, it displays ITV’s news coverage for the whole office to view, both upstairs and downstairs.