Sky has announced that it plans to build a dedicated innovation centre on its Osterley campus to develop “world leading consumer technology.”

The space will house technology engineers and software developers focusing on innovation across Sky’s broadcast and streaming platforms, consumer products and 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 will enhance its ability to meet its customer’s needs.”

The new Innovation Centre is in addition to Sky’s existing tech sites in Leeds and Milan.

The new centre will also become the home of the company’s new Get into Tech for Young Women scheme. 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.

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, enabling talent to collaborate and deliver the best outcomes for customers.” The space also includes restaurants, a cinema and a health and fitness centre.

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.”

Staff Reporter

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