Dock Traffic Office / Granada News, Liverpool

July 19, 2011 Filed under: 1980s, Offices by Sanna Fisher-Payne 1 comment

Placed 45th in the Placebook vote of favourite buildings by BDP
BDP's association with Liverpool's docks goes back a long way, Jim Chapman recalls a precursor to the recent regeneration

A very challenging conversion of a Grade1 listed building, part of the Albert Dock complex. We were commissioned by David Plowright, Granada Television, our best client in the 80s, to create the first dedicated regional television news studio in the UK.

Our multi-discipline design team, with Ken Moth as project architect, rose to the challenge bringing the building back to life respecting and enhancing the building by adding a state of the art studio within the roof space. We retained the double cube entrance hall, a rich space using existing and refurbished material and which became both a broadcast studio and entertainment space.

The Dock Traffic office became the focus of activity enlivening the whole area by bringing commercial activity and people back to the partially converted Albert Dock buildings.

It was a “typical” BDP job responding to a demanding client who tested all our skills and yet we all enjoyed the process and the product. The Dock Traffic Office won Europa Nostra and Civic Trust Awards.

Architect and urban designer, Jim Chapman is Emeritus Professor at Manchester School of Architecture, a retired BDP company director, and continues to run his own practice. He also acted as a client advisor on BDP's Liverpool One project.