On Wednesday 18 April, Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s Upstream held a private tour of Television Centre followed by networking drinks in the atrium of the newly opened office building, 2 Television Centre. Upstream is aimed at entrepreneurs and start-ups to help make West London the best place to do business. The evening was well received and attended by over 40 individuals from across the tech and creative industries.
Alistair Shaw, Stanhope’s Managing Director of the TV Centre development introduced the tour which explored previously inaccessible areas of the former BBC Headquarters. Beginning at the Atomic Dot Wall, guests were lead into the refurbished BBC studios where they got a sneak peak into the Graham Norton set. The tour then explored the “doughnut” and it’s centrepiece feature, T.B. Huxley Jones’ Helios sculpture which symbolises the radiation of television around the world, framed by the characters of vision and sound, the components of television. Continuing on to the old Stage Door and iconic John Piper mural the tour featured an exclusive glimpse into the new residents lounge. The tour finished with a look into the newly renovated office space, which welcomed its first tenant, White Company, in March and where guests saw panoramic views over the London skyline.
After the tour finished there was a networking reception held in 2 Television Centre where guests were able witness the fantastic range of dining offerings with restaurants HomeSlice and Patty & Bun already open and looking out over the office atrium and Indian restaurant Kricket due to join them. Bluebird Café which opened its second location at Television Centre last week provided catering showcasing the quality food available to visitors, residents and workers.