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8 November, 2019 - 12:38 By Kate Sweeney

Broadcast powerhouse moving to new Ely facility

UK-leading systems integrator dB Broadcast has outgrown its current premises and is planning a move to a purpose-built state of the art facility near Ely, Cambridgeshire – just a mile from its present location.

The new premises will provide more space for the design, prefabrication, testing and administrative functions of the business and will also include an area for proof of concept systems. 

In addition, the move to a single building from three separate ones will improve efficiencies and provide the security of owning the facility, says sales & marketing director Tom Swan.

Construction work has started at the new 1.6 acre site at Lancaster Way, Ely, and is expected to be completed by early summer 2020. 

An internal floor space of around 25,000 sq ft  will be available and the building is planned on two floors with factory, office and lab space, client meeting rooms and an outside area looking over a lake.

The expansion comes as dB Broadcast celebrates its 30 year anniversary. Started in October 1989 by the current MD, David Bird, the company has grown consistently and today employs over 50 full time staff as well as more than 150 contractors.

Over 30 years, dB Broadcast has been involved with some of the UK’s most significant broadcast projects, including playing a central role in the introduction of DDT in the late 1990s and the DTT digital switchover programme completed in 2012. 

It has been a force from the first coding and mux (video infrastructure) installations back in the late 1990s to the current IP based configurations of today.

The company has provided playout facilities for most of the UK’s channels, worked on the BBC move to New Broadcasting House, been instrumental in the new Sky Studios and among many more projects has worked on some major overseas contracts.

dB Broadcast has picked up many accolades, including listings in The Sunday Times Tech Track listing in 2013 and 2018, and this year being named as one of ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ by the London Stock Exchange Group.

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