A developer has been given the seal of approval to redevelop the iconic BBC Television Centre and create a ‘vibrant quarter’ in Shepherd’s Bush.
The transformation of the 14 acre site in Wood Lane will include more than 1,000 homes, offices and four studio spaces for the BBC.
A cinema, boutique hotel, new shops, restaurants and a public square around the famous Grade II listed central ring, which will be preserved, will create a new public quarter in Shepherd’s Bush.
There will also be pedestrian access through to Hammersmith Park for the first time.
David Camp, chief executive of developer Stanhope, said: “This is a major milestone in the evolution of Television Centre. We look forward to getting on with creating a vibrant quarter of London at Television Centre with an exciting mix of retail, leisure, office and residential uses, including the famous BBC Studios and BBC Worldwide’s new headquarters.
“Television Centre will be a great place to live, work and visit.”
Hammersmith and Fulham Council welcomed the proposals after approving the plans at a meeting last night (Dec 19).
Councillor Mark Loveday, cabinet member for strategy and communication, said Stanhope will contribute £10million to community improvements and the redevelopment could create around 2,745 permanent jobs and 480 construction jobs.
He added: “Television Centre holds a special place in many people’s hearts and by approving these plans we have immortalised the key elements of this iconic building for the nation. “The remodelled centre will still be recognisable to the countless generations of children and adults who watched well-loved programmes like Blue Peter, Crackerjack and Dr Who which were all made here.
“We are thrilled this scheme keeps this wonderfully evocative building for posterity, while bringing thousands of jobs, homes and exciting opportunities for local residents to the area. We are looking forward to welcoming some of the BBC staff back to the borough next year.”
The £10m from Stanhope will be spent on the following:
* £1.35m towards creating new or expanding existing schools
* £1.15m towards the Primary Care Trust to provide extra healthcare for new residents
* £1.6m towards helping local people get employment, training and apprenticeships
* £2.4m to improve streets, roads, create more on-street parking and support the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme
* The remaining £2.9m will support new projects in Wood Lane, Macfarlane Road and Frithville Gardens, create new open spaces in White City Green and step-free access at White City Tube station
Stanhope will pay a further £3m towards Crossrail.
The developer bought the site from the BBC in July 2012 for £200m. Television Centre was home to BBC headquarters since 1960 and formally closed in spring.
Initial works are due to begin in next summer with demolition scheduled for early 2015.