Stanhope and the BBC have shown their proposals for the redevelopment of Television Centre.
The development includes offices and studio space for the BBC, entertainment and leisure facilities, public open space, offices, housing and a hotel. The BBC is continuing the process of slimming down its White City presence as it moves staff out of London or into Broadcasting House.
Under the proposals, TV Centre will be opened up to the public, with listed buildings retained and the forecourt remodelled and access through the site to allow a connection to Hammersmith Park.
While the drain of staff away from West London will continue, the BBC says it will remain at Television Centre operating studios (run by BBC Studios), and that BBC Worldwide will use TV Centre as its base.
The development aims to attract other occupiers for office space from the creative sector, while public uses on the site would inlude a hotel in the ‘inner ring’, a cinema, health club, restaurants and cafes. Studios 1 to 3 will be refitted. The ‘Drama Block’, ‘Restaurant Block’ and Multi Storey Car Park on Wood Lane will be replaced with new residential buildings and townhouses and the ‘East Tower’ will be replaced with a residential building, with a town houses to the south of the site. In total there will be around 1,000 homes.
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris are Stanhope’s lead architects on the project, supported by Macreanor Lavington and Duggan Morris.
Stanhope are reported to have engaged four agents on the scheme – Strutt & Parker for the homes, Knight Frank on the offices, Restaurant Property on leisure, and Pilcher Hershman on commercial.