BBC Broadcasting House

BBC Broadcasting House

June 2012
BBC Broadcasting House

BBC Broadcasting House

June 2012
BBC Broadcasting House

BBC Broadcasting House

June 2011
BBC Broadcasting House. The new public space and entrance.

BBC Broadcasting House. The new public space and entrance.

June 2011

BBC Broadcasting House

Portland Place, London W1A 1AA
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Description of BBC Broadcasting House

Broadcasting House building in London W1.

It is the first ever purpose-built broadcast centre in the UK. It was built in 1932 for the BBC, eight years after the corporation first came into existence.

The redevelopment of Broadcasting House was completd in 2013. For the first time all the BBC's national and international radio, television and online journalism, including those of the World Service, are housed under one roof.

The new Broadcasting House is also the headquarters of BBC Radio and Music.

The redevelopment was carried out in two phases. Phase one comprised the refurbishment of the original 1932 Grade II* listed Broadcasting House, which continues to be the home of national radio; and the construction of the new East Wing, now home to the BBC's Arabic and Persian television services and BBC London. It was completed in 2005 and officially opened by The Queen in April 2006.

Phase two is the addition of a brand new extension to provide a spacious and modern broadcast centre with state-of-the-art technology for all BBC journalism.

New Public Spaces

A range of new public spaces were created at the heart of the new complex, opening up the building and creating dialogue between audiences/visitors and BBC staff.

In the central space between Broadcasting House and the new East wing is a wide open piazza large enough to be used as an open-air theatre, where, for instance, events could be staged under the BBC Introducing banner. Or else it could be simply a place to linger and relax in - away from the bustle of nearby Oxford Street. It complements the formal performance space of the Radio Theatre within Broadcasting House itself.

In addition, there is a new public walkway running through the centre of the site, which provides a foyer for the Radio Theatre, and which opens onto a café/bar where the public and BBC staff can mix. Along the length of the walkway and bar is a glass-fronted window which provides a unique view into the BBC Newsroom.

The News Hub

At the heart of the building is the newsroom, a column-free space, surrounded by technical areas and day-lit by the eight-storey high atria above. About twice the size of the largest floor available in Television Centre, this is one of the largest live newsrooms in the world.

At any one time, over ten million people across the UK are watching or listening to output from the new Broadcasting House, and every week at least 150 million people worldwide will tune into the BBC World Service networks.

From Heritage to Hi-Definition

Top architects, designers and artists were involved in shaping the new Broadcasting House, in order to create a truly inspirational workplace for the organisation that aims to be the most creative in the world. Throughout 2011, the BBC's technology team was installing and testing the digital technology needed to produce the TV, radio and online output from the new building.

Independently funded

The new development was financed by a public-private partnership involving a special bond - so no licence fee monies were used for the construction.

Project team

Architect: MacCormac Jamieson Prichard (Phase I)/Sheppard Robson (Phase II)
Construction: Bovis Lend Lease
Management: Land Securities Development
Fit-Out: Overbury
Interior design: HOK

The nearest underground station is Oxford Circus - 6 minutes by foot.


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The nearest tube, train and bus stations.
Oxford Circus Underground Station
Bakerloo, Central, Victoria
Margaret Street / Oxford Circus
453, 88, N18

News: (2)

International support services and construction group Interserve has won a £140 million contract with BBC to continue providing facilities services until 2023.

This four-year extension to the account, which was first awarded in 2014, will see Interserve provide total facilities management services across the UK. In total, the contract covers 150 sites and 560,000 m2 floor space, including the corporation’s major offices and production facilities at MediaCityUK in Salford, Broadcasting House in Portland Place, London and Pacific Quay in Glasgow.

The partnership covers 26 separate service lines reflecting the diversity of the BBC’s operations across its estate and the need to deliver a coordinated and positive work experience for employees across the organisation’s sites. Services range from critical broadcast engineering, energy and utility management through to cleaning, portering and security is tailored to specific building requirements, including the need for 24-hour operations at several locations.

Debbie White, chief executive at Interserve, commented:
“Our ongoing partnership with the BBC has been built on our collaborative approach, marrying our expertise in delivering high-performance workplaces with the needs of the customer’s diverse teams across its UK estate.”

01/11/2017 11:02 by Buildington

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With the fit-out in full swing, the detailed planning for the move of over 5000 BBC journalists and support staff from Bush House and Television Centre into Europe’s biggest newsroom is well underway, in readiness for the opening in 2013, when Broadcasting House will provide a vibrant new destination for audiences and visitors.

Source: New Broadcasting House Newsletter Issue 23, April 2011

07/06/2011 21:50 by Buildington

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