It cant be long now until BBC Wales makes the move from leafy suburbs of Llandaff to Cardiff city centre. I was in Cardiff at the weekend and the Norman Foster building opposite Cardiff Central station now looks almost finished. Certainly no small building at all - is it just going to be purely BBC use or shared use with other companies?
I think it's at least a year if not longer away. The BBC have only just received the building from the developers. Now the SIs have to get in to start the tech install.
Could the tech install today be quicker than it was in years past? Here a lot of SI will have setup everything in their warehouse and get all the connections working. Then at the site they just have to run wires.
This is a significant IP-based install - probably the first large-scale all-IP build in the UK. It's not a small station or single-studio build - it will have multiple channels of Playout, news studios, some form of general production studio(s), HD and UHD post-production, including on-line sport production facilities etc. Chances are the gear will be delivered to site as there is no point it being re-routed to an SI only for them to have to move it again, as would be the case for an upgrade or refurb where a fast turnaround is an element in the process. This is not not a basic single-vendor turnkey build.
There is going to be a significant learning process involved in the design - as this will be a migration from SD SDI to HD/UHD-IP (bypassing HD-SDI), and this will require pretty careful proving and testing processes (AIUI they are taking cybersecurity very seriously)
I'd be VERY surprised if a single SI could or would recreate the entire multi-studio, edit and channel playout area off-site and then move it. Not sure what the point would be nor how this would save time?