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Allies and Morrison to overhaul BBC’s Media Village

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Allies and Morrison is set to return to its BBC Media Village scheme in west London - 11 years after completing the original £200million development in White City

The AJ120 Practice of the Year is masterplaning the site for developer Stanhope and Mitsui Fudosan which has bought the land off the broadcaster in an £87 million deal. The sale is part of ongoing plans to reduce the size and cost of the BBC estate across the country.

The Media Village site, which sits to the north of BBC Television Centre, includes six buildings, three of which – White City One, Media Centre and Garden House – are being vacated by the corporation.

Originally built as an extension of the BBC’s West London headquarters, the campus was completed by Allies and Morrison in 2004.

The new scheme will see the three soon-to-be-empty buildings, which total more than 55,700m², refurbished and transformed to create a ‘thriving lively urban business environment’.

The plans also include a new office building at the southern entrance to the site and major improvements to landscaping and infrastructure which will be overseen by Gillespies.

A planning application for the new office is set to be submitted later this year and it is understood that more architects will be appointed as the scheme progresses.

This is the latest plan for the redevelopment of the BBC’s West London estate. Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Duggan Morris, HOK and Maccreanor Lavington are already working on the overhaul of its nearby grade II-listed, 1950s BBC Television Centre.

That scheme will open up the landmark centre to the public for the first time with the famous forecourt remodelled to include shops, leisure and entertainment uses.

The refurbishment of the Media Village buildings is set to complete in 2016.

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