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Richard MacCormac's victory in the invited competition to redesign Broadcasting House for the BBC can be seen as a double for Cambridge - given that Allies & Morrison is working for the corporation on the new television building at White City. No doubt it helped that Stuart Lipton (along with Ricky Burdett) was on the BH advisory panel, since he is a fan of MacCormac and used him in his (unsuccessful) bid to redevelop the former environment department HQ in Marsham Street.

We can only hope that the BBC achieves a more satisfactory result with this round of building than it did back in the 1980s, when it disgracefully dropped the scheme by Norman Foster to convert the old Langham Hotel for BBC use in favour of a hopeless property deal which saw the White City elephant scheme emerge. Foster withdrew from the competition this time round, a bad omen for a project which will see centralisation of news services and the World Service, which is leaving Bush House in the Aldwych. Some say the LSE will buy it. Perhaps Ricky, who works there, could confirm.

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