Office Space Plan for Famous BBC TV Studios
London’s famous BBC Television Centre, the former production studios of TV gems including Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers, Blue Peter and Strictly Come Dancing, is to be redeveloped into a new business and leisure complex.
Having first opened its doors back in 1960, BBC Television Centre has played a central role in the BBC’s history. But in July 2012 it was sold for ┬ú200m to developers Stanhope Plc, who partnered with investors Mitsui Fudosan and AIMCo.
The ring-shaped site – known fondly as “the doughnut” by BBC employees – will be developed into a business hub featuring office space and a hotel, along with numerous leisure facilities and hundreds of new homes.
While BBC News and other teams have already relocated to Broadcasting House in W1, three studios will be retained at the original site by the BBC to continue filming and production. It will also be home to BBC Worldwide.
The new plans, if approved, will introduce a series of open spaces including a cinema, health club, restaurants and cafes across the 14-acre site designed to “benefit the local community”. The new office space targets businesses specifically in the media and creative sectors.
RIBA award-winning practice Allford Hall Monaghan Morris is the lead architect on the project.
David Camp, chief executive of developers Stanhope, said that the company is “working in partnership” with the BBC to deliver a “publicly accessible mixed-use remodelling of these iconic buildings” along with redevelopment of the surrounding land.
He added: “We will be bringing new life into the site with new public routes, spaces and uses. We will be introducing a vibrant and exciting mix of new retail, leisure, office and residential uses whilst keeping and enhancing the famous original BBC buildings and retaining key operational BBC studio and office facilities on site.
“Television Centre will be a great place to live, work and visit.”