The plans aim to open up Television Centre into a mixed use development, which will still include office and studio space for the BBC, as well as other office space, entertainment and leisure facilities, public open space, offices, 1000 new homes and a hotel.
The AHMM designed plans – which the council hope will create around 2,745 jobs – involve replacing four television studios, the restaurant and drama blocks, the east tower and connected buildings with up to 1,025 homes, a hotel, cinema, health and leisure club, restaurants, cafes and offices.
One storey will be added to the height of Television Centre and two will be created at basement level, while the façade of the Grade II listed building will be retained and restored. The well-known central ring, Studio 1 and Helios sculpture will also remain with the current courtyard being opened up to create a new public space and a new path that links Wood Lane to Hammersmith Park.
Cllr Mark Loveday, H&F Council’s cabinet member for strategy and communication, said: “Television Centre holds a special place in many people’s hearts and by approving these plans we have immortalised the key elements of this iconic building for the nation. The remodelled centre will still be recognisable to the countless generations of children and adults who watched well-loved programmes like Blue Peter, Crackerjack and Dr Who which were all made here.
“We are thrilled this scheme keeps this wonderfully evocative building for posterity, while bringing thousands of jobs, homes and exciting opportunities for local residents to the area. We are looking forward to welcoming some of the BBC staff back to the borough next year.”
An existing 15-storey block, known as the East Tower, will be rebuilt as a new 25-storey tower. There will also be new buildings on the former service yard land, the MSCP site, the former restaurant block and the drama block sites, ranging from three to ten storeys in height, along with up to 6,182 square metres set aside for business use.
The scheme will provide a large number of the 5,000 new homes needed to meet the housing target set for the White City Opportunity Area, where the site sits. The scheme will create around 480 construction jobs and could create up to 2,265 new jobs when the development is complete, generating around £3m a year for the local economy, say the council.
Stanhope will contribute £10m towards the scheme in Section 106 payments.