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BBC W1 project
photo: Philippe Willareth
Client: British Broadcasting Corporation
Architects: MacCormac Jamieson Prichard, Sheppard Robson
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BBC W1 project
Langham Place, London W1
The BBC is developing a new broadcasting complex consisting of two new, linked buildings and a refurbished Broadcasting House. The project has been constructed in two phases.
To provide an operating environment suitable for broadcasting and recording, the new buildings are acoustically isolated from ground-borne vibrations by steel springs.
The focus of the complex is an atria-lit newsroom at the base of the main building. A Giken tubular piling system was used for the foundations to maximize the size of the new building's footprint, despite the proximity of existing structures.
The nine floors above the new double-height space are supported by a post-tensioned concrete transfer structure springing from four massive columns. The resulting column-free space also facilitates the construction of television studios (including one double-height studio) in the three levels below the newsroom.
Bentley Systems Sucess Award, building/commercial instit. 2003
Civic Trust Award commendation (refurbishment of BH) 2008
IStructE Award commendation Commercial/Retail Structures 2008
Natural Stone Award new build stonework 2006
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