Construction started today with a ground breaking ceremony at Television Centre.
Developers Stanhope and construction manager Mace invited 150 guests to mark the occasion with the project team placing concrete in the first pile. Investors Mitsui Fudosan and AIMco and lead architect AHMM also attended the event.
Following the demolition of Studios 4-8 and Stages 4 and 5 next to BBC Worldwide's new headquarters, the ground breaking ceremony marked the start of construction on the project. Television Centre will provide 950 homes, offices for the creative industries, a new Soho House and a wide range of leisure facilities.
Jon Foster, Mace Project Director at Television Centre, said:
“This is a great project to be part of and Mace is looking forward to getting stuck in and progressing with the construction work. This is an important community project and there is some great history here which we are going to preserve and improve for future generations.”
Alastair Shaw, Stanhope’s Managing Director of Television Centre, said:
“This development is really exciting because the building isn’t just going to contain apartments or office space, but it will be a mixed use redevelopment, including film and production studios that will be retained as part of its history, and still be used by television and production companies.”