The BBC Television Centre has been made a grade II listed building.
The central ring and the famous Studio 1 at the Wood Lane complex have been listed because of their architectural and historical significance, as it was the first purpose-built TV centre in the country. The announcement was made by Ben Bradshaw, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on July 9, following a campaign led by English Heritage.
The listed areas have important 1950s design and architectural features as well as a mosaic from prolific artist John Piper, a gilded sculpture of the Greek sun god Helios and the well-known studded wall, with its circular discs.
Hammersmith & Fulham Council, which feared the history of the BBC would be lost when staff move out in 2012, has welcomed the news. Cllr Mark Loveday said: The BBC has been part of this boroughs heritage for well over 50 years, even before Television Centre was built. We are thrilled that these important cultural buildings, which are architecturally and historically significant will now be preserved for future generations to see.
The announcement means that any major demolition work or plans to alter existing brickwork, doors, windows or the interior of the 48-year-old building, also need approval from H&F Council. The Television Centre is already on the local register of buildings of merit and stands in the Wood Lane Conservation Area, designated by the council in March 1991.
Caroline Thomson, BBC’s Chief Operating Officer, said: We welcome DCMSs announcement of their decision on the listing and their recognition of the historic and architectural merit of these parts of the Television Centre complex.