Focus: Television Centre, London
Stanhope Plc redevelops the BBC Television Centre into an apartment complex for private residents.
London residential developer, Stanhope Plc is redeveloping the headquarters of BBC Television which was initially constructed in 1960. Parts of the building’s iconic design and façade have been Grade II listed—considered by the Secretary of State (for Culture, Media and Sports) to be of special interest warranting every effort to preserve it—and will be retained by the new development.
Television Centre is located on a 14-acre site in White City, and forms an integral part of the massive White City Opportunity area, with a total investment of nearly £8 billion (US$12.5 billion). The regeneration of White City is a strong partnership between Imperial College London (the world’s 9th highest rated university), Westfield London, The BBC, Stanhope and Berkeley St James.
Upon completion of the Television Centre which is estimated between the end of 2017 and 2018, the development will boast up to 950 new homes—432 of which are being delivered in the next three years—from studios to family homes with a range of new architectural designs and contemporary conversions. Residents will also benefit from a range of luxury amenities including 24-hour concierge, residents’ lounge, screening room, meeting rooms and 28,000sf gym and pool.
Apartments in the inner ring are arranged around the famous Helios statue, and include the listed façade. Internally, the building has some exposed radial structural beams in the ceilings to provide a loft-like feel to the apartments. Apartments to the outer of this building comprise part existing and part new build homes to create apartments overlooking the private residents’ courtyard garden. Prices will range from £650,000 (over US$1 million) for a one-bedroom apartment to in excess of £6 million (US$9.36 million) for a penthouse.
The iconic structure will also incorporate a new Soho House—the globally famous members-only club with a roof terrace and swimming pool—and a boutique hotel with 47 bedrooms.
There will be 500,000sf of new office space aimed at occupiers’ in the creative sector, and will see up to 5,000 people working from this new media business hub. BBC Worldwide opened their new headquarters in April 2015 with 1,200 people already working on site. The world famous television studios are set to continue the BBC’s legacy with programme making and live recordings resuming in 2017.
Property: Television Centre
Location: London, England
Developer: Stanhope Plc
Highlights: Grade II listed building, 950 new homes from studios to family homes, New architectural designs and contemporary conversions, Luxury amenities including 24-hour concierge, residents’ lounge, screening room and meeting rooms, Helios statue, Exposed radial structural beams in the ceilings to provide loft-like feel in apartments, Private residents’ courtyard garden
Price: Prices range from £650,000 (over US$1 million) for a one-bedroom apartment to in excess of £6 million (US$9.36 million) for a penthouse
Text by Domenica Tan
This article originally appeared in PALACE Magazine.