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Veale Associates puts BFBS studios on parade

The acoustic consultant has renovated the British Forces Broadcast Service's 1980s facilities

Acoustic consultant and design company Veale Associates has worked with the British Forces Broadcast Service (BFBS) to refurbish its 1980s-era broadcast facilities.

The company has renovated three studios (one pictured), three production booths, a talk studio and a television studio with green screen for the BFBS as part of a programme orchestrated by the charity which provides the service, the Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC), under its contract with the British Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The project included an extensive technical upgrade to broadcast hardware, power distribution, data connectivity and playout systems, including upgrades incorporating touchscreen controls across several systems. Veale Associates head consultant Eddie Veale explains: “With SSVC being a charity, we had to work particularly hard in this instance to contain costs while ensuring sufficient resources to design professional studios to a tight budget. While studios need to look and feel impressive, they also need to remain flexible, operating 24/7.”

The head of projects and infrastructure at the SSVC, John Sullivan, adds: “The refurbishment has given presenters a better working environment and a commonality with the studios they work from around the globe.

“We are particularly delighted to continue a long association with Veale Associates. The company’s flexibility in accommodating our requirements and changing timelines has been very much appreciated.”

BFBS has been broadcasting to British troops serving abroad since 1943.

(Georgia Butler)