1,000 HOMES IN AUNTIE’S BACKYARD

In three weeks, detailed plans will be submitted to transform BBC TV Centre. Tim Harrison sees what’s in store

Following the exodus of BBC staff from Television Centre to New Broadcasting House in central London, the transformation of the Wood Lane site is a step closer.

This artist’s impression shows how Shepherds Bush will look in five years; a fascinating mix of iconic 60s architecture and space-age design.

More than 1,000 homes are planned on the site diagonally opposite Westfield mall, although three studios are being retained for BBC use in 2015. There will also be a cinema, hotel, restaurants, cafes, offices and a health club.

There will be a grand walkway through the building from Wood Lane into Hammersmith Park.

David Camp, boss of developer Stanhope, said: “TV Centre will be a great place to live, work and visit. We will introduce a vibrant, exciting mix of new retail, leisure, office and residential uses, keeping and enhancing the famous original BBC buildings.”

BBC TV Centre opened in 1960. It was designed by architect Graham Dawbarn in the shape of a question mark, symbolising BBC investigative programmes. Stanhope paid £200m for the site.

TIM HARRISON

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