Media City Studio Block

Salford, United Kingdom

Property owner

Peel Media / BBC

Main contractor

Bovis LendLease


WilkinsonEyre Architects – Fairhursts Design Group

Acoustic consultant

Sandy Brown – Faber Maunsell

Structural engineer



1135 m² CDM-MONT floor & 391 m² CDM-QDECK floor

Building type

Arts & Media

Intervention level


CDM solutions were installed in the studios of the largest media development of the UK.

Based at Manchester’s waterfront in Salford Quays mediacity:uk is the largest media development in the UK and will become centre for the world’s leading creative and digital businesses. The BBC is one of mediacity:uk’s anchor tenants and from 2011 it will be home to five BBC departments including two TV channels and two radio stations; three of them are Radio Five Live, BBC Sport and CBeebies.

Many of the studios in the main Studio Block have CDM-MONT-150 jack-up concrete slabs to optimise the sound insulation between noise producing and noise sensitive spaces. These floating floors in combination with the structure of the studios being isolated off CDM-SEB simple elastomer bearings delivering high performance box-in-box constructions.

The TV studios built off the upper floors were built using a heavily damped concrete construction supported at 600mm centres using CDM-QDECK isolation rails. In these studios the structure of the studios was built off the floating floors to create the box-in-box whilst providing very stable conditions for the TV cameras.

CDM-MONT-150 jacks with reinforcement

Jacking of a CDM-MONT

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