BBC's New Salford HQ Hit by a Catalogue of Errors
March 24, 2012 (PRLEAP.COM) Business NewsThe BBC has spent over £40million designing and fitting out its new £200million headquarters in Manchester but it has been hit by more than 500 embarrassing errors.
The £600million MediaCity complex at Bridge House, Dock House and Quay House in Salford recently become the new HQ for the British Broadcasting Corporation however it has received a catalogue of complaints including faulty electrics, broken lifts and smashed windows.
Bosses have forked out millions of pounds on expensive equipment for the state-of-the-art facility; £74.8 million on technology and £11.3million on surveyors. The offices are being rented out for on average £10million a year but staff and visitors have reported a number of problems and the majority have been in relation to the plumbing and electrics.
Incidents include staff being trapped in lifts just a fortnight after the building opening, a glass panel in the reception breaking loose and crashing to the floor, and a fire door breaching strict safety regulations by getting jammed. Further reports claim that there have been numerous power cuts, water dripping from the lights, and a fire sprinkler hanging from the ceiling.
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