Construction work on Broadcasting House, the BBC’s redeveloped central London headquarters is now complete.
This week, developers Land Securities and the main building contractors Bovis Lend Lease completed the contract for Phase II of the development, ahead of schedule and on budget, and handed the building over to the BBC.
Broadcasting House has been redeveloped to create one of the world’s largest, live broadcast centres. By 2012, it will be the new iconic home for the BBC’s national and international journalism as well as the BBC’s national radio and music services.
“This world-class facility will deliver public service broadcasting to a global audience and provide an accessible, public space where broadcaster and audience can meet”, said BBC chief operating officer Caroline Thomson.
Situated at the north end of Regent Street, in the heart of London’s West End, this new live multimedia production and broadcast centre will house more than 5,000 staff providing public service broadcasting via television, radio and online services to a worldwide audience. It also provides spacious new visitor facilities, including a public piazza, a 300 seat media café and a viewing gallery into the BBC Newsroom.
“The new building is an inspirational building, designed to be more open, with spacious, new public spaces where visitors can see their BBC at work; more flexible, to keep pace with a changing media and better value, enabling us to cut costs and raise the quality of services to our audiences”, said Chris Kane, BBC Workplace head Chris Kane.
The next 12 months will be spent installing and testing the new technology ready for the news teams to start moving in from 2012.
The redevelopment of Broadcasting House is part of the BBC’s 2020 Property Vision, to reshape the BBC estate for the 21st century, at minimum possible cost. The new development has enabled the BBC to make potential savings of over £172M from the disposal of other BBC properties in London; and once the BBC’s national and global journalists move in, further savings will be made with the closure of Bush House and Television Centre.
“For the first time all the BBC’s national and global journalism will be under one roof, planning coverage together, sharing their expertise, responding more quickly to breaking stories in a newsroom without boundaries, helping us to reduce costs and raise quality. It means the best news service in the world can get even better”, said W1 programme director Andy Griffee.
In addition, Radio 1 and 1Xtra will move into the new building from 2013 providing a centre of expertise on youth music and culture for the wider BBC.