Stanhope, BBC unveil plans to transform Television Centre in West London
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Stanhope, BBC unveil plans to transform Television Centre in West London

05 Feb 2013

UK-based developer Stanhope and the BBC have unveiled £200m development plans to transform Television Centre in Wood Lane, White City, London, into a new mixed-use development.

BBC Television Centre in transformation in West London

UK-based developer Stanhope and the BBC have unveiled £200m development plans to transform Television Centre in Wood Lane, White City, London, into a new mixed-use development.

Upon completion, the mixed use development will feature office and studio space for the BBC, entertainment and leisure facilities, public open space, offices, a hotel, 1,000 new residential units and townhouses, including affordable housing units.

As per the plans, the listed buildings, remodelled forecourt, frontage and elevation of Television Centre from Wood Lane will be retained.

The ‘inner ring’ of Television Centre will be refurbished to provide space for a hotel as well as residential apartments and the current ‘Stage 4 and 5’ buildings will also be refurbished to provide office space for local new media and creative businesses.

The existing drama block, restaurant block and multi-storey car park on Wood Lane will be replaced with new residential buildings and townhouses while the ‘East Tower’ will be replaced with a residential building.

Plans also include a ‘village green’ of town houses for families with private rear gardens to the south of the site.

Stanhope chief executive David Camp said the BBC will continue to have a significant presence at Television Centre with the introduction of new public routes, spaces and uses into the site.

"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," Camp said.

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris is serving as architect on the project with support from architects Macreanor Lavington and Duggan Morris.

Detailed plans are expected to be submitted to Hammersmith & Fulham Council in the UK over the next six months with groundbreaking on the project scheduled for 2015.

Television Centre was originally opened in June 1960 on a 14-acre site and the question mark-shaped building was designed by the architects Norman and Dawbarn.


Image: Under the plans, the ‘inner ring’ of Television Centre and the current ‘Stage 4 and 5’ buildings will be refurbished. Photo: Stanhope.