BBC's digital HQ

BBC Scotland has lodged a planning application for a £50m-plus new digital HQ at Pacific Quay on Glasgow’s South side, writes Hamish Mackay.

The BBC hopes to move into the new 330,000 sq ft building, a fivestorey glass box structure next to Glasgow Science Centre, by mid-2007.

The 1,200 staff will relocate from the existing Queen Margaret Drive HQ, which will be sold for housing.

As well as being a centre for BBC radio and TV programme-making, the building is expected to be the hub of a new digital media village, as small production and technical companies spring up around it.

Scottish Media Group is also looking at the area. In-house TV productions fill its studios for only 50 days a year, so it does not need as much space.

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