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BBC under fire again for 'failings' as client

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The BBC's reputation as an architectural client has taken yet another hammering.

Following its decision to sack MacCormac Jamieson Pritchard from its Broadcasting House project late last year, a group of highly influential MPs this morning attacked the BBC's White City expansion project, parts of which were designed by Allies and Morrison.

In 2003, five buildings by Allies and Morrison joined an original BBC White City building to create the new 7ha BBC Media Village site on Wood Lane.

The powerful Public Accounts Committee said that during the course of working up parts of the scheme, additional costs of £60 million were identified.

The MPs also panned the BBC for requesting 300 changes to the project, and for letting space to its commercial subsidiaries for lower than market rents once the buildings were completed.

They said this meant that it was, in effect, using licence payers' money to subsidise its commercial interests.

The news comes in the wake of the cross-party Public Accounts Committee slamming BBC director general Mark Thompson over the corporation's financial dealings last November ( 'Wasteful' BBC slammed by MPs).

by Rob Sharp

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