New London Architecture (NLA), an independent forum for discussion and information about architecture, planning, development and construction in London, undertook a tour of Television Centre. The tour was led by representatives from Stanhope and AHMM, and was an opportunity for NLA members to learn more about the recent developments at Television Centre.
Proceedings started at 9am outside the Bluebird Café, with introductory speeches by NLA Chairman Peter Murray and Stanhope’s Managing Director of Television Centre Alistair Shaw. The tour was led by Mr Shaw and Lloyd Spencer from AHMM, who were able to give expert knowledge of the changes to Television Centre, such as the conversion of the BBC offices to residential properties, as well as highlighting the original features that have been carefully preserved, including the iconic Helios stature.
The tour took in three main areas: the residential areas in The Helios and The Crescent, the new office spaces in 2 Television Centre and the BBC studios. Of particular interest was the renovation to the old Television Studio 1, which has been updated as BBC Studioworks, a state of the art space which continues to host iconic programmes such as The Graham Norton Show. Members of the NLA were able to gain a great insight into the innovative changes to Television Centre, with the technical aspects explained by the tour leaders, who have been involved since the beginning of the project. Lasting approximately an hour, the tour was a great opportunity to showcase not only the recent progress of Television Centre, but also the exciting future of the development.
Photo courtesy of Juliana Vasquez.