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Outline proposals for the future of the BBC Television Centre are being revealed to local people in a series of public exhibitions being held in Shepherd's Bush from today.

The exhibitions, being held by the BBC along with development company Stanhope, part of a consortium which paid £200 million for a long lease on the iconic building in July last year, are at:

Reception, BBC Television Centre, Wood Lane, W12

5 February 5,  2pm - 8pm

February 6, 10am - 8pm

Wood Lane Estate Community Centre, White City Close, W12

February 7, 4pm - 8pm

White City Community Centre, India Road, W12

February 9, 10am - 4pm

Stanhope and the BBC have launched outline proposals to open up and transform Television Centre into a mixed use development including office and studio space for the BBC, complementary entertainment and leisure facilities, public open space, offices, housing and a hotel.

They says that for the first time, Television Centre will be opened up to the public and the famous forecourt remodelled and enlivened by new retail, leisure and entertainment uses and access through the site providing connectivity with the local area, including Hammersmith Park. 

The BBC will remain at Television Centre operating studios and BBC Worldwide will consolidate their new home at Television Centre, following refurbishment. 

The remaining offices are aimed at occupiers in the creative sector providing new employment opportunities and there will be a variety of public uses, including a cinema, health club, restaurants and cafes, which will benefit the local community. 

The much loved listed buildings at Television Centre will be retained.

David Camp, chief executive of Stanhope Plc, says: " "Stanhope is working in partnership with the BBC to deliver a publicly accessible mixed use remodelling of these iconic buildings and redevelopment of the adjoining land. 

"The BBC will continue to have a significant presence at Television Centre and we will be bringing new life into the site with new public routes, spaces and uses. We will be introducing a vibrant and exciting mix of new retail, leisure, office and residential uses whilst keeping and enhancing the famous original BBC buildings and retaining key operational BBC studio and office facilities on site.

"Television Centre will be a great place to live, work and visit."

  • The listed buildings and the remodelled forecourt, frontage and elevation of Television Centre from Wood Lane will be retained
  • The ‘inner ring' of Television Centre will be refurbished to provide space for a hotel and residential apartments
  • The current ‘Stage 4 and 5' buildings will also be refurbished to provide speculative office space, targeted at being a new media or creative hub for businesses in the area
  • The ‘Drama Block', ‘Restaurant Block' and Multi Storey Car Park on Wood Lane will be replaced with new residential buildings and townhouses and the ‘East Tower' will be replaced with a more slender and appropriately positioned residential building
  • A ‘Village Green' of town houses for families with private rear gardens will be created to the south of the site
  • There will be approximately 1,000 new residential units and townhouses in total, including affordable housing
  • RIBA award winning practice Allford Hall Monaghan Morris are Stanhope's lead architects on the project, supported by Macreanor Lavington and Duggan Morris  

The Television Centre site is 14 acres and was the former site of the 1908 Franco-British Exhibition. It officially opened in June 1960 and was designed by the architects Norman and Dawbarn and appears to be like a question mark in shape. 

The central " inner ring" of the building and the front flank of Studio 1 are Grade II listed as special interest and these listed elements of Television Centre will be retained and enhanced, including the instantly recognisable exterior view.

The site has been expanded over the last 60 years and there are currently 1.6m sq ft of existing buildings dating from the 1950s-1990s, and operates as one building from a services point of view. 

The site is designated for employment, media/creative and residential uses in the GLA's White City Opportunity Area Planning Framework which also envisaged the opening up of the site. The uses identified for Television Centre will complement the other regeneration sites in the White City Area.

Television Centre was in July 2012 to a consortium consisting of development company Stanhope, Japanese property group Mitsui Fudosan UK and Canadian pension fund, Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo)

The sale appeared to be a win-win deal for the BBC, which still owns the freehold, and will benefit from a share in future profits.

You can read more about the background to the sale here.