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Sheppard Robson's Broadcasting House redevelopment delayed further

Sheppard Robson's BBC Broadcasting House redevelopment has been put back by another six months, according to newspaper reports this morning (13 August).

An article on the Guardian's website has claimed that due to a 'change in strategy' at the BBC the high-profile project has been delayed yet again.

It is the latest in a long line of setbacks for the much-maligned scheme, and it is thought this latest delay to the second phase of the project will see a further £3 million added to the cost, postponing the BBC News' move-in date until 2012.

The scheme has been no stranger to controversy. Last year it was announced that the project's completion date had been pushed back from 2008 to 2010.

And in October 2005 the project's original designer, Richard MacCormac's firm Jamieson MacCormac Prichard, was dropped from the scheme in favour of Sheppard Robson.

It was thought that MacCormac might make a return as a consultant on the development back in 2006, but this failed to happen.

The first phase of the project was completed last year, and saw a full refurbishment of the Grade II-listed Broadcasting House in central London.

It is unclear what the reasons behind the delay really are, and at the time of writing neither Sheppard Robson nor contractors Bovis Lend Lease were able to give a response.

by Richard Vaughan

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