Last week, 45 NLA Members visited the revamped Television Centre complex on a sunny morning in White City.
Led by Alistair Shaw and Finn Nixon from Stanhope, Members had the opportunity to see first-hand the retrofit of the distinctive Grade II-listed, ‘question-mark’ shaped development.
Completed earlier in the year, the first phase of the development saw 432 homes within the revitalised Grade II Helios building and new build The Crescent, alongside a new Soho House including a 45-bedroom hotel, 400,000 sq ft of new Grade A offices, and multiple restaurants - including, fittingly, a branch of Terry Wogan’s sons’ Homeslice Pizza.
The morning kicked off with breakfast at Bluebird café, before a tour of the iconic listed Helios Building and plaza – its lobby, with mosaic mural by John Piper, retained as an entrance area and the rotunda converted from offices into apartments, some of which have even been bought by their past BBC producer-occupiers.
This truly mixed-use development contains varied land uses that have created a new, but instantly recognisable place to live, work and play in White City – open to the public for the first time, with pedestrian access through the site providing connectivity with the local area.
Members were then taken into Studio 1 in the new Television Centre, with a BBC producer explaining the major investments made in a range of new technologies and studio cameras within the new TVC facilities.
Now home to not just the BBC, but ITV, Publicis Media and other retailers – a new ‘media cluster’ for creative companies has built a destination of work and leisure places in White City.
As tour leader Alastair Shaw of Stanhope said:
“The Television Centre is an amazing piece of urban architecture for all. Places like Soho House here are giving White City a new identity – the area is changing rapidly, there is a community and a creative scene here and it’s thriving.”
Future phases will include further residential, including a tower and townhouses, as well as 110,000 sq ft of Grade A office space in the forthcoming 1 Wood Crescent.
View photos from the tour here.
By Merry Arnold, NLA