BBC Worldwide Australia will take a step forward in its strategy to develop its presence in the Australian market by moving to a major new HQ in March.
The move will combine two BBC Worldwide offices, currently situated in North Ryde and North Sydney, at new premises in Macquarie Park. It will co-locate the company’s 90 staff who work across BBC Worldwide’s seven business areas.
The new premises follow the principles inherent in the recent re-development of BBC Worldwide’s London headquarters, whichreflect the company’s culture, identity, vision and values. They will showcase BBC Worldwide’s key brands: Top Gear, Doctor Who, BBC Earth and Dancing with the Stars as well as its Australasian channels brands – UKTV, CBeebies, BBC Knowledge and BBC World News.
The offices will also build on BBC Worldwide’s global commitment to the environment. Focusing on the reduction of energy and water consumption, and the inclusion of sustainable building materials and furnishing, the premises’ design aims to maximise employee wellbeing as well as minimise environmental impact.
“This is an opportunity to bring all of BBC Worldwide’s businesses in Australia together into a vibrant, new working environment” said Tony Iffland, BBC Worldwide Australia’s General Manager. “By working collaboratively under one roof, we will provide a creative and powerful platform from which we can continue to expand our business.”
Australia was named a key territory for BBC Worldwide in 2007. Since then, the company has made an equity investment in local production company Freehand, created a jv publishing venture with ACP Magazines, acquired a 100% stake in UKTV and launched CBeebies and BBC Knowledge, acquired 75% of travel information company Lonely Planet, launched bbc.com as an advertising proposition and brought motoring entertainment brand Top Gear to multi-platform success.