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The BBC moved a whole creative community of more than 2300 people to MediaCityUK in Manchester, with an environment designed for flexibility, efficiency and to promote an open and creative atmosphere. Or, as the BBC put it : “to provoke smiles”.

Why Interface
ID:SR was the BBC’s partner for interior design, assigned to create a flexible open plan space which can be used for various purposes. Flooring has been an integral part of the overall design of the office and studio complex which covers 35,000 m2. Reflecting the heritage of the BBC through the colours of the original television test card, the carpet varies in each of the three buildings to create a different look and feel, as requested by the staff.

Floor zoning
What makes interface so attractive is the ability to create and customize something unique to the customer’s requirements. The carpets are important to creating zones and weaving a pathway across each building, particularly as walls haven’t been used walls and ceilings to define space. The
flooring plays a significant part to fusing the interior scheme together and provides a link between areas of furniture and collections of creative spaces. As flooring is the largest surface it provides a visual reference for navigating the buildings.
BBC selected neutral tones in general office areas, cooler colours in locker areas and tea point, and warmer tones in collaborative areas. With its brightly coloured open plan spaces, cosy collaboration pods, neon signs and welcoming areas on every floor, BBC North creates a different environment for staff, and meets its design mission of being a building to make people smile.

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