Case Studies Doctor Who

Doctor Who lands in Cardiff When BBC Worldwide were looking for a new long-term home for the Doctor Who Experience, it was an obvious choice to bring the famous multi- sensory exhibition to a purpose-built residence in the city of Cardiff—right next to the Roath Lock Studios, the BBC’s largest drama production outside of London, and the place where the show would soon be filmed. The Roath Lock Studios form part of the massive redevelopment of a derelict inner harbour area of Cardiff Bay. Initiated by the Welsh Assembly and Igloo, from the redevelopment would arise Porth Teigr, a modern and vibrant waterfront envisioned as the future centre point for creative industries in Wales. Lancashire-based company, Collinson, were chosen to construct the new home of the Doctor Who Experience, in no small part because their tension membrane buildings were the perfect solution to a need for versatile space. Their ability to offer clear spans of up to 100m-by-virtually- any-length would give the internal space for BBC Worldwide to create a memorable exhibition, taking visitors on an exciting journey through special effects, sets, and memorabilia from the series which would include a recreation of the modern TARDIS. “Collinson tailored a great solution to meet our requirements,” said a representative of Cardiff Council. “When the build commenced they kept us fully informed at regular meetings, and worked amiably with other contractors appointed by us to ensure the project was completed to meet BBC Worldwide’s deadline.