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Architect's impression of creative workspaces at the New Broadcasting HouseThe project
  • Two-phase - The project is in two phases: firstly, the careful refurbishment of the original Broadcasting House, followed by the building of a new extension. See Timeline for more details.


  • Cutting edge technology - This building will be the biggest live broadcast centre in the world, housing domestic and international news as well as the national networks of BBC Radio. Within the centre will be 36 radio studios, 23 radio continuity studios, six TV studios, two central control rooms, and 60 edit/graphic suites.


  • Creative workspace - New production workspaces will be flexible and open plan, integrating the latest IT and technology support. The aim is to provide a range of inspiring spaces for creative interaction and discussion – which will in turn help to create better programmes for audiences.


  • Iconic - The original Broadcasting House was built for the BBC in 1932 by the architect Colonel Val Myer. It was the first ever purpose built broadcasting centre (radio) in the UK (and almost in Europe). It is also a jewel of Art Deco design, and as such is historically, artistically and socially of huge importance. This development is being done in close collaboration with English Heritage, in order to preserve the past as well as creating an appropriate contemporary workspace. See The Past/In depth for more details.


  • Art - Artistic commissions adorned the original building, especially the statuary by Eric Gill of the figures of Ariel and Prospero on the front of the building. Carrying on this tradition, a major new public art programme accompanies the project, commissioning permanent and temporary art schemes across all the art forms (painting, photography, audio, video, sculpture, light and colour). See Art for more details.


  • Public Spaces - The new HQ will provide many new spaces where the public can engage directly with the BBC. These include a central piazza, an arcade running across the development, the refurbished Radio Theatre and new foyer, a café/bar, and a learning centre. See Community/Public spaces for more details.
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