ATG Danmon has announced the commencement of a large-scale systems integration project for Riverside Studios in London. The new venture will include the installation and interconnection of production infrastructure. The venue will include state-of-the-art facilities with three flexible studio spaces for television, theatre, dance, opera, music and comedy, as well as a cinema, screening room, archive, community and rehearsal space plus a local events and entertainment space.
"We are working across all three floors of the new building," added Howard Dixon, project manager, ATG Danmon. "Our role is to integrate the technical systems in all the key production areas including the control gallery, lighting control room, audio control room, and central apparatus room. A key element of the project is the interconnection of 42 positions at various locations, including triax and SMPTE camera cabling, video, audio and data cabling, fibre tie-lines and low voltage power cables for facility boxes. Construction of the building is ongoing so we are liaising closely with both the Riverside technical team and other contractors on site." The venue will play host to contemporary performance, film, visual art exhibitions and television production. Its largest studio, Studio 1, has a floor space of over 600 square metres with a seated audience capacity of 400. The facility will be able to capture productions in UHD or transmit live to BT Tower.
The Riverside site dates back to 1933 when the Triumph Film Company acquired a former engineering works and created two large sound stages. The BBC bought the site in 1954 and converted it into the country’s first purpose-built television facility. The facility was in continuous use until the early 1970s, its rooftop camera position providing one of the best vantage points for the annual University Boat Race. In 1975, a charitable trust formed by Hammersmith and Fulham Council took control of the building. Soon afterwards, two large multi-purpose spaces were shaped by architect Michael Reardon from the two main sound stages, to be used for a mixed programme of live theatre, music, dance, and film.