BBC Pacific Quay

BBC Pacific Quay
BBC Pacific Quay view from the Clyde
General information
Architectural style Post-modern
Location Glasgow
Address Pacific Quay, Pacific Drive, Glasgow, G51 1DA
Country Scotland
Current tenants BBC One Scotland
BBC Two Scotland
BBC Alba
BBC Radio Scotland
BBC Radio nan Gàidheal
Cost £72 million
Owner BBC Scotland
Design and construction
Architect David Chipperfield Architects, Keppie Architects

BBC Pacific Quay is BBC Scotland's television and radio studio complex at Pacific Quay, Glasgow, Scotland. Opened by then Prime Minister Gordon Brown in September 2007,[1] the studios are home to BBC Scotland's television, radio and online services and the headquarters of the BBC in Scotland.


The studios are located adjacent to the Glasgow Science Centre, across the river from the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre and adjacent to the studios of commercial broadcaster STV. The new building is one of the most modern digital broadcasting facilities in the world, complete with the BBC's first HD-capable newsroom.


There are three main television studios based at BBC Pacific Quay.

Studio A is the largest television studio at the complex with 8,417 sq ft of studio floor space. It can easily accommodate studio audiences of up to 320.

Studio B is the small to medium-sized studio with 2,594 sq ft of studio floor space. Small studio audiences of up to 100 can be accommodated in Studio B.

Studio C is the smallest studio and is the home to BBC Scotland's flagship news programme Reporting Scotland. The studio has 1,938 sq ft of studio floor space. This studio is used for local news, politics and current affairs programming for BBC Scotland and is therefore not usually available for use by other productions.

In addition, the Quay stage studio is used to host musical performances in front of a studio audience; acts have included KT Tunstall, Texas and The Fratellis [2][3] [4]. The central feature of the complex is used to record interviews, host political programming and transmit webcasts such as Authors Live. [5]

The complex also houses facilities needed for television productions, such as nine dressing rooms with three of those 'star', large green rooms, audience lounge, make up, wardrobe, production offices and full studio technical support services.[6][7][8]

The complex also houses six radio studios used for BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio nan Gàidheal and other radio stations.


The BBC had outgrown their old headquarters in Queen Margaret Drive, Glasgow.[9] In July 1999 the BBC indicated that around 800 staff would be moving to a new building that would be located at Pacific Quay.[10] The BBC held a competition to design a new building with more than seventy companies attracted. By March 2001 there was a shortlist of seven entries.[11]

The building

The £72m project on the River Clyde in Glasgow was designed by David Chipperfield Architects but Keppie Architects took control in late 2004.[12] It is home to the biggest TV recording space to be built in Scotland and has an area of 782 m2 (8,420 sq ft) with a new retractable bleacher seating for 320 audience members, although the studio can sit a maximum audience of 338 people.

Studio programming

Programming Studio Starring Station
!mpossible A Rick Edwards BBC One
5-Star Family Reunion A Nick Knowles BBC One
Aibisidh B Uisdean MacIllinnein BBC Alba
All Round to Mrs. Brown's A Brendan O'Carroll BBC One
An Là C Dòmhnall Angaidh Moireasdan BBC Alba
Ask Rhod Gilbert A Rhod Gilbert BBC One
Barail Bhoireannach B Cathy MacDonald STV
BBC Children In Need B Tess Daly BBC One
Break the Safe A Nick Knowles BBC One
Carrie and David's Popshop A Carrie Grant & David Grant CBeebies
Celebrity Eggheads B Jeremy Vine BBC Two
Copycats B Sam Nixon & Mark Rhodes CBBC
Dè a-nis? B Derek Mac an Tòisich, Megan NicGill-Fhaolain, Kim Carnie & Annabel NicIllinnein BBC Alba
Eggheads B Dermot Murnaghan & Jeremy Vine BBC Two
Fifteen to One A Sandi Toksvig Channel 4
Jazz Nights at the Quay Quay Seonaid Aitken BBC Radio Scotland
Hole in the Wall A Anton du Beke, Joe Swash & Austin Healey BBC One
In It to Win It A Dale Winton BBC One
Insert Name Here B Sue Perkins BBC Two
Life of Riley A Caroline Quentin & Neil Dudgeon BBC One
Mrs. Brown's Boys A Brendan O'Carroll RTÉ One / BBC One
Nina and the Neurons B Katrina Bryan CBeebies
Partners in Rhyme A Len Goodman BBC One
Perfection B Nick Knowles BBC Two
Postcode Challenge B Carol Smillie (2007-2008), Angus Purden (2010-) STV
Pressure Pad A John Barrowman BBC One
Reporting Scotland C Jackie Bird & Sally Magnusson BBC One Scotland
Sam & Mark's Big Friday Wind-Up A Sam Nixon & Mark Rhodes CBBC
Seachd Là C Alasdair Friseal BBC Alba
Secret Fortune A Nick Knowles BBC One
Sportscene B Jonathan Sutherland BBC Two Scotland
Sportscene Results C David Currie BBC Two Scotland
Sunday Politics Scotland C Gordon Brewer BBC One Scotland
The Boss B Susan Calman BBC One
The Culture Show B Lauren Laverne & Mark Kermode BBC Two
The Dog Ate My Homework A Iain Stirling CBBC
The Edge A Mark Benton
Gabby Logan
The Link B Mark Williams BBC One
The Old Guys A Jane Asher, Roger Lloyd-Pack & Clive Swift BBC One
The Quay Sessions Quay Roddy Hart BBC Two Scotland
The Weakest Link A Anne Robinson BBC One
Think Tank B Bill Turnbull BBC Two
This Time Tomorrow A Tess Daly BBC One
Timeline C Shereen Nanjiani & Glenn Campbell BBC Two Scotland
Top Class A Susan Calman CBBC
Win Your Wish List A Shane Richie BBC One
Who Dares Wins A Nick Knowles BBC One

(Not an exhaustive list)


  2. BBC Music (16 September 2016). "KT Tunstall - Maybe It's A Good Thing (The Quay Sessions)" via YouTube.
  3. BBC (4 June 2015). "Texas - Black Eyed Boy (The Quay Sessions)" via YouTube.
  4. BBC (13 August 2015). "The Fratellis - Chelsea Dagger (The Quay Sessions)" via YouTube.
  5. "Alex T Smith". BBC Music Events.
  6. "BBC - Studio A - About BBC Scotland".
  7. "BBC - Studio C - About BBC Scotland".
  8. "BBC - Studio support - About BBC Scotland".
  9. "Licence to thrill". The Herald. 30 June 2007. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  10. "BBC Scotland set for riverside move". BBC News. 22 July 1999. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  11. "Architect for BBC building goes to the 'jury'". The Herald. 30 March 2001. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  12. Rose, Steve (8 October 2007). "Box clever". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 July 2017.

Coordinates: 55°51′29″N 4°17′27″W / 55.858025°N 4.290924°W / 55.858025; -4.290924

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