The BBC’s New Broadcasting House won the prestigious British Council for Offices (BCO) Commercial Workplace Award for London and the South East at a West End ceremony today. The development was also nominated for the BCO’s upcoming UK Innovation Award.
The new Broadcasting House has quite simply transformed the way the BBC delivers its services and the way its employees communicate both with each other and their audience
The MJP designed scheme, which received planning in 2003 and which was over a decade in the making, is the new home of BBC Audio, Music, News and World Service. The MJP delivered Phase 1 was completed in 2006 and includes the new John Peel Wing, and the refurbishment of the Grade II* listed Broadcasting House and BBC Radio Theatre.
The New Broadcasting House complex now houses, amongst others, an impressive: three 24 hour News Channels, 3 Network Radio Stations, 26 World Service language hubs, and the Radio Four and World Service news sequence programmes. The building complex is fully occupied, with the last of the 6000 staff decanted in April 2013.
BCO Commercial Workplace Award
A development of extraordinary complexity on numerous fronts that has been delivered with great skill, passion and style
The award is open to either a building commissioned by owner-occupiers or where the building has been customised by a developer for the occupier. The entries are judged on the combined merits of its base build and fit out.
The judges considered the BBC W1 development of to be of extraordinary complexity on numerous fronts, delivered with great skill, passion and style. They noted that the new Broadcasting House has radically transformed the means by which the BBC delivers its services and the way its employees communicate both with each other and their audience.
BCO Innovation Award
Judges considered this project worthy of nomination for the Innovation Award because of the development of completely new ways of working and broadcasting
The BCO judges considered BBC W1 worthy of nomination for the Innovation Award because of the development of completely new ways of working and broadcasting which have been pioneered by the BBC and incorporated into the redevelopment of Portland Place. They praised the numerous technical innovations incorporated into the building required to allow new ways of working, involving challenges in acoustics, vibration, visual and space planning.
About the BCO
The BCO’s mission is to research, develop and communicate best practice in all aspects of the office sector. It delivers this by providing a forum for the discussion and debate of relevant issues.
Its members are all organisations involved in creating, acquiring or occupying office space, whether architects, lawyers, surveyors, financial institutions or public agencies. The BCO works to advance the collective understanding of its members, enabling them to work together to create more effective office space.