A New Centre of Gravity: Homes and flats at BBC Television Centre

Iconic former home of the BBC will create a new anchor in West London as the development adds to regeneration efforts across White City and Shepherds Bush.

The famous studios might be waiting for shows like Strictly Come Dancing to return home, but Television Centre is already buzzing with activity as the redevelopment of the BBC’s former home in White City gets underway.

Developer Stanhope is creating a 2million sqft development of offices, new homes, cafes, restaurants, shops and space for other leisure and entertainment uses.

The firm’s revised plans were approved by H&F Council in December.

The 14-acre site will be opened up to the public for the first time, with access right the way through from Wood Lane to Hammersmith Park.The listed buildings, which include the famous ‘doughnut’, the Helios statue and fountain and the front wall with its iconic ‘atomic dots’, will all be preserved and improved.

With almost 300 people now working on site, progress is already being made on ‘soft stripping’ the buildings to prepare for partial demolition.

Once completed, the development will include more than 500,000 sqft of offices and 950 new homes – including some affordable housing. Soho House will also operate a new members’ club, 47-bedroom hotel, roof terrace, swimming pool and restaurants. 

Television Centre will provide an office and commercial hub for the creative industrie with new innovative and diverse businesses employing around 4,800 people.

BBC Worldwide has already started its move into its new home at Television Centre, while BBC Studios and Post Production will return in 2017 to start making programmes again, in newly refurbished studios.

There will be a range of residential properties for sale at a variety of prices, from one-bedroom apartments to larger family townhouses.

There will also be independent cafes and restaurants, shops, a cinema and a large health club.

The offices and first phase of the residential development are planned to be completed by September 2017.