Speaking about the major development in White City, Shaw was keen to point out that Stanhope’s priority was to work out the ground plane – to sort out the public and private realm at ground level – and to let that determine how the rest of the development panned out.
He also talked about how they had recently decided to change plans on the redevelopment of the former BBC restaurant block, and to make that a commercial office location, rather than residential. They had taken 100 resi units fthe quantum, in order to add 1000 workers to the economy in the area. This, said Shaw, would make the retail and leisure elements much more likely to succeed. Stanhope have recently submitted an amended variant of their consented plan to this effect.
Phase one of TV Centre will produce 350,000 sq ft of office space – 100,000 of which will be occupied by BBC Worldwide – and 460 new homes.
Shaw explained Stanhope expect to be on site in December 2014., with demolition of the non-listed elements in March 2015, and the reoccupation by the BBC the same month. BBC Studios – and with them hopefully Strictly Come Dancing – will move back in during 2017.
When asked how the recent change in administration at LB Hammersmith & Fulham might affect the development, Shaw pointed out that this was a 20 year development plan, and that they had anticipated that there might be the occasional change in political environment during that time, but that they were confident there was a cross party consensus on TV Centre.