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BDP chosen to design Chinese broadcast centre

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BDP have been selected to design a 2,000m² complex for the Shanxi Broadcast & TV Channel

The Manchester-headquartered practice was commissioned by the Shanxi Broadcast & TV Channel for the project in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province.

The 200,000m² first phase will comprise six buildings. These will provide offices, film studios, a new media centre, a cultural exchange centre and other facilities.

A landmark 198m tall tower will house the press centre, studios, post-production and broadcast facilities for radio and TV channels, and offices.

The main studio on the development will be open to the public and will contain multipurpose events spaces.

BDP is providing architecture, landscaping and lighting services to the scheme.

The practice will work with the China Radio Film & TV Design & Research Institute to develop the design.

Work has started on site, with completion targeted for 2014.

BDP chairman David Cash told AJ earlier this year that the practice may open offices in the north and south of the country to complement its Shanghai base. He said BDP would also look to hire more local architects.

‘In three or four years’ time, when the economy is recovering in the UK, our aim is to make the Shanghai office self-sustaining,’ he said in July.

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