Commercial Property News
Redevelopment of the BBC Television Centre in west London has moved a step forward after a construction manager was chosen for the project.
Developer Stanhope selected Mace as the company to take the lead on the scheme which will begin in April 2015. Mace managed to beat off competition from Lend Lease to secure the contract and will start preparations for how to transform the former home of the BBC.
David Camp, chief executive officer of Stanhope Plc, said: “We are delighted that Mace has been selected as the preferred Construction Manager for the delivery of Television Centre, we now intend to progress with enabling works to allow key elements of the first phase of Television Centre to be occupied in 2017.”
The broadcaster moved out of its White City home in 2010 with operations being moved to MediaCityUK at Salford Quays. A number of programmes such as BBC Breakfast, Match of the Day and The Football League Show are now all filmed in the north-west while the likes of BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Learning have also been relocated to Salford.
It has left the iconic London base of the BBC empty but the new plans will see it transformed in a £400 million project. Stanhope is aiming to retain the key listed building and open it up to the public for the first time. The company is planning to remodel the famous forecourt and install retail, leisure and entertainment facilities which will connect the local community and Hammersmith Park.
Alongside office space there will be a media business hub and around 950 new homes. The BBC is expected to remain at Television Centre, operating in studios 1-3 through its commercial subsidiary BBC Studios. Stage 6 is also being renovated and, once completed, will see BBC Worldwide staff reoccupy the building in 2015.
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