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More architects join AHMM's BBC's television centre overhaul

Duggan Morris and Maccreanor Lavington have joined the AHMM-led team working on the plans to transform the 1950s BBC Television Centre in Shepherd’s Bush, west London

The news comes as developer Stanhope, which bought the Grade II-listed centre for £200 million last summer (AJ 20.07.2012), unveiled the first images of the proposals to turn the 1960s landmark into a mixed-use development with offices,studio space for the BBC, leisure facilities, a hotel and 1,000 new homes.

It is understood the project will cost around £500 million to build and could be worth £1billion once complete.

Under the proposals, the ‘inner ring’ of the original Norman and Dawbarn-designed Television Centre will be converted into a hotel and flats and the existing Stage 4 and 5 buildings will become home to speculative office space for local new media and creative businesses.

Studios 1-3 will be refitted and continue to be operated by BBC Studios and Post Production while the BBC Worldwide’s new headquarters will be housed in the refurbished ‘Stage 6’ building fronting onto Wood Lane which will be refitted by HOK.

The existing drama block, restaurant block and multi-storey car park on Wood Lane will be flattened and replaced with new apartment blocks and townhouses. The East Tower will also go, making way for a ‘a more slender and appropriately positioned residential building’.

There are also plans for a ‘village green’ of town houses for families with private rear gardens to the south of the site.

Paul Monaghan, director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), said: ‘This unique opportunity will see the creation of a masterplan which will open up this much loved site, and the iconic buildings set within it, to the public for the first time and reconnect it with the surrounding neighbourhoods.’ed, including the instantly recognisable exterior view.’  

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