ISSUES WITH COVERAGE OF THE BBC UP NORTH
Your article on our BBC North project is misleading in several ways, appearing on your website under the title 'Wilkinson Eyre's huge BBC Media City finot iconic enoughfl' ( ajplus 23.04.07), and in print as 'Wilkinson Eyre's vast BBC Media City comes under fire' (AJ 26.04.07).
In fact, the designs for the Media City are by Benoy, and received outline planning consent in October 2006. Salford City Council's planning committee granted full planning consent last week for our three buildings for the BBC in the Benoy masterplan.
Your sensationalist headlines imply that planning permission had been a struggle and that the scheme was locally unpopular. In fact, the application was approved unanimously by the planning committee, and has been very well received by all major consultees: the Salford Urban Regeneration Company, the North West Development Agency and Salford City Council - facts a reader would be hard pushed to find in either article.
We are looking forward to this exciting project starting on site next month, prior to the BBC's relocation in 2010.
Giles Martin, associate director, Wilkinson Eyre Architects