BBC - Portland Place Redevelopment

Although construction has taken some seven years to date the external works at the BBC are at last nearing completion. 

This means that the local residents and community that have experienced the development can now look forward to less dust and more peace and tranquillity as the remaining works, which are an extensive internal fit-out are confined to the interior.

In terms of the public access to the building the final work on the huge art work entitled The World which fills the space in the cyclorama and under the bridge to Hallam Street is very nearly complete.

The work is inspired by the World Service provided by the BBC and highlights a number of significant cities and towns throughout the world which have an historical or current connection to the BBC.  In addition to the names of the cities speakers are set into the ground which will give the flavour of the languages broadcast by the BBC to those areas.

Gradually the various parts of the BBC which are currently operating from satellite buildings (including those at the Aldwych) would be brought within the main building so that it becomes very much the hub of News, Current Affairs and Language Broadcasts.

New public spaces within the building are also nearing completion.  Public access (subject to security) will allow for a large café with viewing platform on to the Newsroom and Weather area so that the public can see the News as it is broadcast.

The development was overseen by a Community Liaison Group (CLG) which was an innovative idea when introduced to allow for effective inter-action between the BBC, their professional team and the local community.  I have chaired this Group since its inception and CLGs are now a regular part of major developments in the area including the Quadrant (in Regent Street) and Park House (on Oxford Street).  They have proved an effective way of allaying the concerns of residents.

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