First broadcast: A look inside Radio One's new home
HOK has released the first images of BBC Radio One’s new offices in Broadcasting House, central London
Radio One moved into the space, which is part of the larger fit out of the BBC headquarters building, in October last year.
The radio station’s offices, on the top floor of New Broadcasting House, contain six state-of-the-art recording studios, two green rooms and the ‘Live Lounge’ for live acoustic recording sessions.
HOK has designed all the interiors within phase two of the massive, decade-long £1 billion Broadcasting House development which is now home to 6,000 staff from the three 24 hour news channels, nine radio networks and 26 foreign language services.
The 45,000m² fit-out contains ‘flexible workstation clusters’ with extra data and power outlets accommodate changing team sizes, along with 57 meeting rooms and 72 touchdown areas. One-on-one spaces are arranged around the perimeter of the two large central atria, with a series of back-to-back booths, or ‘railway carriages’, to provide further meeting spaces.
According to the architect ‘the scheme celebrates the distinct identity of each department within the unified BBC brand, which features a distinctive red and orange palette. This brand consistency allows the BBC’s people to broadcast from most locations in the headquarters.’
The MJP Architects designed scheme received planning in 2003 and was over a decade in the making. MJP delivered Phase 1 in 2006, including the John Peel Wing, refurbishment of the Grade II* listed Broadcasting House and BBC Radio Theatre, before being replaced by Sheppard Robson as delivery architects on Phase 2.