BBC New Broadcasting House Westminster, London W1A Project info

BBC New Broadcasting House

Westminster, London W1A

Our largest project to date is to repair and refurbish the Grade II* listed 1930’s building and to extend it substantially to accommodate staff from BBC News, Radio, Music and the World Service.

We wanted to create an extremely adaptable and flexible building that inspires creative people, promotes collaborative working and provides a sympathetic working environment that attracts high-calibre employees, and is a commercial asset for the BBC. Our design complements the iconic status of the original Broadcasting House with an emblematic work of architecture.

The extension complements the existing building by the use of similar materials, Portland stone and glass that is fritted to resemble the stone colour. The BBC have contributed to this part of London by creating a major new public space outside the building that opens up the organisation’s relationship with its audience.

The new build component of the design comprises of 80,000m² of production areas, studios and staff facilities. A 4,000m² newsroom is an exciting and theatrical workspace at the heart of the extended building. The design maximises floor space and creates a building which has efficient net:gross floor area ratios and an excellent BREEAM rating.

Broadcasting House now contains one of the largest live news broadcast centres in the world:

  • 6,000 staff
  • 9 radio networks
  • 241m people worldwide audience
  • 3 x 24hour television news channels
  • 26 foreign language services
  • The Newsroom itself (occupying the basement and ground floors) has 460 workstations – many of them staffed 24/7

Download  BBC_Urban Commitment

  • Client
    British Broadcasting Corporation & Land Securities
  • Completion
    Planning Permission Granted 2005
  • Awards
    British Council for Offices (BCO) Award, 2014
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