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Sky Academy Skills Studios opens in Livingston

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The Sky Academy Skills Studios in Livingston, Scotland, has completed. Leading, international multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy, Hilson Moran is the building services, and sustainability consultant, as well as the BREEAM assessor for the project.

Sky Skills Academy 500The facility has four studio spaces suitable for eight people at a time, and aims to provide 12,000 young people per year, aged 8 to 18, with a free learning experience that links to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence and helps students build life skills. It also has an immersion room, which tells the story of Sky, and a welcome room, which provides a seating area for the students to eat lunch within the realms of the Sky experience.

Students are able to create their own TV report about a subject they are studying at school using Sky’s state-of-the-art technology, including broadcast quality cameras, green screens and touch screen edit tables. It also builds on the success of the first Sky Academy Skills Studios at Sky’s headquarters in West London, where 18,000 students have taken part in the experience since its launch in 2012.

Sky Skills Academy 500 2Mark Sessions, Associate at Hilson Moran, said: “The Sky Academy Skills Studios is based on an already successful model in London. It provides students with an inspirational space where they can develop their communication, creativity and team work skills.

“To make sure the students’ have a high quality experience, part of our role on the project was to install displacement ventilation, which is low velocity. This meets the stringent noise levels specified in the studios; a necessity for the best broadcasting environment.”

The project is targeting BREEAM ‘Very Good’.


Project Team:

RPM: concept architect
Hassell: delivery architect
Hilson Moran: MEP and sustainability consultant/ BREEAM Assessor
Space Solutions: project manager


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