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John Robertson to refurbish historic BBC building

John Robertson Architects has secured a deal to refurbish the historic home of the BBC World Service

The practice will upgrade and restore Bush House on the Strand in central London.

BBC World Service has been based at the building for 70 years but will have fully vacated it before refurbishment works begin later this year.

John Robertson will also refurbish neighbouring buildings to create modern office space for Japanese building owner Kato Kagaku and Co.

The practice will target a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating via the upgrading of all services.

The Portland stone façades will be restored and roof terraces created with views across London.

Director John Robertson said: ‘Bush House has a long history, best known for its 70-year association with the BBC World Service.

‘Our challenge is to preserve what is good about the building and not destroy its wonderful heritage, while providing the client and future tenants with the best possible accommodation and facilities.’

Work is expected to be completed in 2014.

Bush House on the Strand - proposed reception by JRA

Bush House on the Strand - proposed reception by JRA

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