Skip to main content

Case StudiesBBC Studios at London 2012 Olympic Games

Recent case studies

Australian Open 2016

F1 HD Flyaway OBPods

US Open 2015

FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014

Trinity Broadcasting Network Studio Complex

Back to case studies
magnify BBC Studios at London 2012 Olympic Games
BBC Studios at London 2012 Olympic Games  BBC Studios at London 2012 Olympic Games  BBC Studios at London 2012 Olympic Games  BBC Studios at London 2012 Olympic Games

Gearhouse Broadcast were selected by the BBC to provide their News service with the systems integration of a Master Control Room and three studios twenty three floors up on the roof of the Lund Point building in Stratford in East London.  

The broadcast facility was a joint venture between the BBC and Gearhouse Broadcast, which saw the BBC providing the communications and control systems.

The broadcast facility was used to transmit the 1.00pm, 6.00pm and 10.00pm News as well contributions to the Breakfast News program. Gearhouse Broadcast also provided studio facilities for World and local London News

The Master Control Areas for engineering and quality control comprised of test and measurement equipment from Tektronix and Panasonic Vision Mixers.   Routers selected for the project included the Pro-bel Sirius 800 video router.  Imagine Communications equipment was selected for the HD distribution and glue products.  Equipment selected for the studios included Sony HDC 1500 Cameras and Canon lenses.

Gearhouse Broadcast also provided ancillary services for the Games consisting of Project and Logistics Management and Technical Support.  

Operational crew members included Engineers, Audio Engineers, Communication Engineers, Vision Controllers and Riggers, some of which were permanently on site for the duration of the event.

The Olympic Games started on 27 July and end 12 August 2012.  The facility was kept in place to broadcast the Paralympic Games which start 29 August, ending 17th September 2012. 

Simon Atkinson, Technical Director at Gearhouse Broadcast explains, “The project has been a huge undertaking for Gearhouse Broadcast with the equipment installation taking place from the start of June for a six week build using six Gearhouse broadcast crew”.

“The equipment has been selected on the basis of its quality, reliability, compatibility, equipment everyone understands and the fact that it has proven itself on previous large scale sporting events”.