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First look: Sheppard Robson's MediaCity centrepiece

The skin of Sheppard Robson’s Orange building at MediaCity UK in Salford Quays has now completed

Home to the University of Salford’s digital media courses, the scheme features an 11-storey glazed block clad in a 3D-diamond pattern made from folded aluminium.

The development, which will also house ‘speculative office space’ and shops, sits in a ‘prominent position’ within the £500 million Benoy masterplanned MediaCity scheme which features other buildings by Chapman Taylor and Fairhursts.

According to the practice, four types of cladding were used to ‘differentiate the separate elements of the building’, such as the tower and podium, ‘with fine graduations of colour creating depth and texture’.  

Alex Solk, associate partner at Sheppard Robson and project architect of Orange, said: ‘The building has had a dramatic effect on the skyline at Salford Quays. We look forward to continuing to work with developer Peel in the construction of the internal space and seeing the development come to fruition.’

The building is due for completion in spring next year (2011).

Previous story (AJ 02.09.09)

Video: MediaCity, Salford by Chapman Taylor, Sheppard Robson et al

The AJ can reveal the first ‘video’ of the proposed new 200-acre MediaCity site in Salford Quays, which is currently under construction

Phase one of Salford MediaCity is due to open in 2011 and will cost around £500 million. The ‘Take Note’ video was produced by Andrew Lin and features proposals by Sheppard Robson, Chapman Taylor, Fairhursts and Gillespies (landscape) – the design team behind the long-term development for the creative and digital industries, situated on a waterfront site at Salford Quays.

The BBC hopes to move 2,500 staff to MediaCity and the University of Salford has also committed to building a new higher education centre on the waterside plot, which will house up to 700 students and academics. The first residents are expected to occupy in 2010.

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