I have a great affection for Broadcasting House in London which was my work place for many years. On my website there are pages which show the demolition of the extension buildings, and the start of the rebuild. Here are pictures which you can click on to view at a larger size. I was amazed at how high the building is, and can remember reading that Westminster Council saying that it had broken planning regulations. All of the pictures in this part of the blog were taken by the Wireless Waffler and are his copyright. Most were taken with my trusty fish-eye lens – essential on this building to get as much in. You will notice that the news room in the centre has begun to take form. I wonder if there will be any redundancies when they merge the world service and domestic news? BBC London is reported to have moved into the new building already.
Here is some more information from Wikipedia
Broadcasting House is undergoing a major renovation. It was initially scheduled for completion in 2009/2010, but is now expected to be finished in 2011. As part of a reorganisation of BBC property, Broadcasting House is to become home to BBC News (both television and radio), which will move from the News Centre at Television Centre; national radio; and the BBC World Service, which will move from Bush House.
The main part of this plan involved the demolition of the two post-war extensions to the building in 2005 and the construction of a new building, to be equal in “architectural creativity”, besides the existing structure. The design of the new extension was carried out by MacCormac Jamieson Prichard. A separate extension, named the Egton Wing, was completed in 2005 and bears similarities to the shape of the original building. A sculpture commissioned by the BBC has been added to the roof of the building in memory of the journalists who have died while working “in the field”.
The original architects have since been sacked and replaced by the BBC for not agreeing to cost-related revisions (Sir Richard MacCormac was unwilling to sacrifice the quality of his design). While the rebuilding process is being undertaken many of the BBC Radio networks have moved to other buildings near Portland Place. The construction work is being carried out by Bovis Lend Lease.
Queen Elizabeth II visited Broadcasting House on 20 April 2006 as part of her 80th birthday celebrations and to open officially the redeveloped Broadcasting House.
The remaining work now involves refurbishment of the Radio Theatre and other studios around the building.
Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners advised the BBC and prepared applications for planning, listed building and conservation area consent for the redevelopment of the BBC’s W1 site to create Europe’s largest broadcasting centre. This development, forming an extension to the Grade II* listed Broadcasting House, the home and corporate headquarters to the BBC since the 1930s will become a state of the art broadcasting and production centre at the heart of London’s West End. It will accommodate three core BBC divisions – BBC Radio & Music, BBC News and BBC World Service.
NLP’s role included the preparation of a Heritage Study, with the BBC’s architects MacCormac Jamieson Prichard, to assess the impact of the new development on the surrounding historic environment, which includes the Grade II* Broadcasting House and the Grade I listed All Souls Church and the Harley Street Conservation Area.
NLP continues to act as planning advisor on this development and has submitted a number of further applications for planning and listed building consent, including applications for major new works of public art. Breathing, a public art work by spanish artist Jaume Plensa, comprises a 10 metre high inverted glass spire which is lit at night and projects a beam of light into the sky on special occasions. It will also serve as a memorial to news journalists who have lost their lives in the course of their work.
There is a rumour that a secret platform to the London Underground exists beneath Broadcasting House. The building is situated above the Bakerloo line, which follows the path of Regent Street from Piccadilly Circus to Regent’s Park. London Underground deny the rumour, claiming that no records of such a platform exist.