Sky announces new Innovation Centre
From portacabins to state of the art
Sky has announced that it plans to create and build a dedicated innovation centre on its Osterley campus as it continues its push into developing consumer technology.
The space will house a number of technology engineers and software developers focusing on innovation across Sky’s broadcast and streaming platforms, consumer products and the latest content innovations including virtual reality.
The Centre, totalling around 70,000 square feet, is being designed to create a new space where Sky’s most inventive, forward-thinking minds can come together to match customer insight with rapidly changing technology requirements. By creating this shared space and working across the customer value chain, Sky hopes to enhance its ability to meet its customer’s needs.The creation of the Innovation Centre add to Sky’s tech expertise, with existing tech sites in Leeds and Milan.
As part of Sky’s commitment to attracting and developing more women in tech roles and to address the chronic shortage of female talent in the industry, the new centre will become the home of the company’s brand new Get into Tech for Young Women scheme. Based on the success of Sky’s Get into Tech course, which has already helped over 100 women train to be coders, the new programme will provide girls of school leaving age the chance to train for free as a coder, with further opportunities at the Sky Software Academy when they have completed the course. and engineering.
The re-development of Sky’s campus has included the construction of five new buildings designed to promote the free flow of people and ideas. The campus and landscapes are designed to inspire Sky colleagues as well as benefit the environment. Sky has built sustainable, energy-efficient buildings that combine innovative design with comfort and simplicity of use. These include Sky Central’s open and flexible workspace, at its heart featuring its recognisable Sky News glass box live news studio; the Hub, NOW TV’s agile tech environment; Sky’s studios building, bringing news, sport and production all together in one place; and their Believe in Better building, a centre for learning and development.
Starting from porta-cabins, on the same site 29 years ago, Sky has grown to a business with over 31,000 colleagues and 23 million customers. Like the rest of the Sky Campus, the new Innovation Centre will run entirely on green electricity, generated by renewable sources, and will be designed as a natural fit within the Sky landscape gardens.
Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive of Sky, said:
“Sky customers have always enjoyed cutting edge technology and the best products available - from satellite to streaming Sky has led the way. The launch of this dedicated innovation centre will enable us to push the boundaries even further.
The development of the west London campus reflects Sky’s journey over the past 29 years. Just as we have moved from porta-cabins to a world-class working environment we have also grown from a satellite business to Europe’s leading direct to consumer media company with content, consumer technology and innovation at its core. We have achieved this by always putting customers at the heart of everything we do and in every decision we make.”
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