Young Planners Conference: Tour 9: BBC Broadcasting House

This tour was kindly led by Andrew Fullerton (BBC), David Gavin (NLP) and Heather Marshall (NLP).

The BBC’s West End site is Europe’s largest news broadcast centre. The development, which is now completed, forms an extension to the Grade II* listed Broadcasting House, the home and corporate headquarters to the BBC since the 1930s. This state of the art broadcasting and production centre accommodates three core BBC divisions – BBC Radio & Music, BBC News and BBC World Service following occupation in 2012.

Delegates were treated to an explanation of the circa. 19 planning agreements and 100s of planning conditions over 10 years of planning that has gone into the project. Broadcasting House (BH) is within a Strategic View line of the London Plan looking from Primrose Hill to the Houses of Parliament. All BBC News output will come from the building from 2013, except for BBC Breakfast which is broadcast from Salford.

The design is inspired by a yin-yang pattern and uses the original material of Portland Stone. Westminster City Council and English Heritage were key partners throughout the design of the new building. The designs incorporated the stopping-up of Langham Street to create a new public space.

This was an exciting tour from our knowledgeable tour guides and we would like to thank Andrew, David and Heather for running this for our delegates.

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