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BBC makes moves towards sale of Television Centre

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The BBC has ‘approved in principle’ the sale of its sprawling Television Centre

The BBC has ‘approved in principle’ the sale of its sprawling Television Centre in White City, west London, as part of its dramatic cost-cutting campaign.

Television Centre – the first purpose-built television studios in England – was planned and built in the 1950s by practice Norman and Dawbarn, which was bought by the Capita Group in 2005.

Described by Nikolaus Pevsner as an ‘ambitious project’, the huge facility is noted for its ‘ingenious concentric plan’ of offices around a central courtyard.

The building opened in 1960, but according to BBC bosses is now ‘unable to meet the BBC’s new technical demands’. It will be sold by 2013 and will net the cash-strapped broadcasting service around £300 million.

The move is part of a controversial cost-cutting exercise that will see around 2,500 redundancies.

Asked if the famous Blue Peter garden would be saved, a BBC spokesperson told the Guardian: 'At the moment it's too early to say, but we know it's important to preserve the heritage of programmes like Blue Peter'.

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