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BBC TV Centre development to include flats and a hotel

11 February 2013 No Comment

Plans for the transformation of BBC’s Television Centre have been revealed and include a hotel development, bbc.co.uk reports.

An iconic building which many are deeply nostalgic about

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The iconic building, which features the famous ‘doughnut’ with its glass external cladding, was sold by BBC last year to Stanhope for £200 million. The developer has promised that the Grade-II listed doughnut and front flank of Studio 1 will be retained and converted into a hotel and apartments. In total, there will be around 1,000 residential units constructed.

Creation of a ‘village green’

Existing buildings on the complex, including a drama block, staff restaurant and car park, are to be transformed into townhouses and residential towers, while there are also plans for the creation of a ‘village green’. The BBC will still maintain a presence at the building, with BBC Worldwide, BBC Studios and Post Production based on site.

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Television Centre is building that many British people are deeply nostalgic about, it being the place where many favourite programmes were made. Blue Peter, Dr Who, Top of The Pops and Faulty Towers were all recorded within its hallowed walls.

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Speaking to building.co.uk about the plans, Stanhope chief executive, David Camp said that the plans should “bring new life” to the much-loved building:

“We will be introducing a vibrant and exciting mix of retail, leisure, office and residential uses whilst keeping and enhancing the famous original BBC buildings and retaining key operational BBC studio and office facilities on site.”

Author: Elizabeth Smythe    Date Written: 11 February 2013

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