Recollections of BBC engineering from 1922 to 1997
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Studio and Outside Broadcast Projects

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Studio Capital Projects Department (SCPD), as the name implies, was responsible for the major capital expenditure needed to develop the BBC's studio infrastructure.  This included detailed (hands on) engineering development, commissioning work from other BBC departments and placing contracts with commercial manufacturers.  Much of the work involved specifying systems, supervising contractors and carrying out acceptance tests on new plant.  SCPD was the descendant of the pre-war Station Design and Installation Department, and then the Studio Section of Planning and Installation Department.

New in Aug 2020:
In about 1990 the radio sections of SCPD became part of Resource Development and Engineering. The progress report below shows the impressive extent of work carried out:

BBC RDER project progress report Nov 1990 part 1.pdf

RDER project progress report Nov 1990 part 2.pdf


Here is an article in Prospero (newspaper for retired BBC staff) about the BBC's first television outside broadcast.