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First images of reworked plans for BBC television centre unveiled

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New images of the proposed overhaul of the Grade II-listed, 1950s BBC Television Centre in Shepherd’s Bush, west London have been released

The nearly 1,000-home project is being overseen by AHMM and features separate blocks by Duggan Morris, dRMM and Maccreanor Lavington with HOK working on a new headquarters for BBC Worldwide also on the site.

Although developer Stanhope submitted the revised plans for the complex back in May (see AJ 29.04.14), the images have never been published before.

Outline plans won approval from Hammersmith and Fulham in December 2013 and the detailed applications for the individual plots are expected to be decided before the end of the year.

Earlier this week it was announced Mace had been selected by Stanhope as preferred construction manager for the £400million redevelopment of the west London site.

Enabling work has already started on site with the major construction phases set to start in April 2015.

Tours of the Graham Dawbarn-designed, doughnut shaped landmark - which were arranged for this year’s Open House event - sold out in a matter of minutes.

Plot C - View from Hammersmith Park

Plot C by AHMM - View from Hammersmith Park (September 2014)

Project overview - who is doing what

  • Plot A - The current ‘Stages 4 and 5’ buildings will be remodelled and refurbished to provide retail, leisure and office space, called The Television Factory it will be a new creative hub for businesses housing up to 3,000 people. The listed buildings and the remodelled forecourt, frontage and elevation of Television Centre from Wood Lane will be retained. The Forecourt will be remodelled as a large space predominantly hard landscaped for pedestrians which can be used for filming, farmers markets and occasional concerts.
  • Plot B - The ‘Inner Ring’ of Television Centre will be refurbished by AHMM to provide space for a boutique hotel and a series of residential apartments. Helios Plaza, at the heart of Television Centre will be sensitively remodelled to enhance the setting of the Helios Sculpture and fountain by TB Huxley Jones. A new concentric courtyard will be shared with Plot C (the ‘Crescent’).
  • Plot C – Designed by AHMM, the ‘Crescent’ will accommodate five clusters of dwellings in ‘mansion block’ style buildings looking over Hammersmith Park or the new courtyard. The height of Plot C is kept to a lower level than the height of the ‘Inner Ring’ to give the existing prominence over the new.
  • Plot D – The existing ‘Restaurant Block’ will be replaced with a new residential scheme designed by Duggan Morris. The intention is that this building will hold the northern frontage facing on to Hammersmith Park, and will respond to the scale of the ‘Crescent’.
  • Plot E – A sequence of family homes to replace the ‘Drama Block’ designed by dRMM. The building tiers down in scale in order to maximise opportunities for sun and daylight to penetrate into the central space.  It also responds to the scale of the neighbouring streets and creates a ‘book end’ frontage to Hammersmith Park, at a similar scale to the new crescent building.
  • Plot F – two rows of town houses are located to the south of the site around a ‘Village Green’.  These dwellings provide family accommodation with private rear gardens.  The scale and form of these buildings aim to complement that of the houses which back onto the site from Frithville Gardens.
  • Plot G – The scheme proposes the demolition of the existing ‘East Tower’ so it can be replaced with ‘a more slender and appropriately’ sited building by AHMM. The footprint of this building is split into two elements which step up in height from the ‘Drama Block’ towards Wood Lane.  The tower sits closer to Wood Lane to engage the building with the wider urban context.  This provides an urban marker, mirroring that of the masterplan for the extension to Westfield.  This building is curved in plan which responds to the concentric layout of the site also allows the route adjacent to the viaduct to be opened up.
  • Plot H – The building on Plot H replaces the existing Multi Storey Car Park on Wood Lane and is designed by Maccreanor Lavington.    The buildings step up from the scale of houses in Macfarlane Road and re-introduces Macfarlane Place as a pedestrian route connecting through the open viaduct arch to the remainder of the masterplan. Plot J - ‘Studios 1-3’ will be refitted as ‘state of the art’ studio space and will continue to be operated by BBC Studios and Post Production (S&PP).  The opening up of the site enables the audience and ‘talent’ experience to be greatly enhanced.
  • BBC Worldwide will be housed in a new headquarters in a refurbishment of the ‘Stage 6’building fronting Wood Lane, with the internal works designed by HOK.
  • There will be approximately 1,000 new residential units and townhouses in total, including affordable housing and around 575 car parking spaces. All the housing will benefit from access to new open spaces and courtyards in the development as well as access to Hammersmith Park.
  • New built residences will have the use of terraces at ground floor levels and balconies, winter gardens or roof gardens at upper levels.
  • The new public realm by Gillespies reinvents the existing forecourt and Helios Plaza as attractive public spaces, which gives an address on to Wood Lane and provide a backdrop for varied activities.
  • The masterplan respects the existing massing of the Television Centre building; it builds a new tower to replace the existing tower and places housing to address boundaries with existing low rise residential areas and the park.
  • RIBA award winning practice Allford Hall Monaghan Morris is Stanhope’s lead architect on the project, supported by Maccreanor Lavington and Duggan Morris.
  • The commercial accommodation will achieve an ‘excellent’ BREEAM rating and the residential accommodation will achieve Code for Sustainable Homes ‘level 4’.  The masterplan embraces a holistic and site-wide approach to sustainability.




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