Project

BBC Broadcasting House

Portland Place, London
British Broadcasting Company

Since 2002 Lichfields has advised the BBC on the redevelopment of Broadcasting House, the iconic home of the BBC since the 1930s. We prepared the original applications for planning permission and listed building consent to create Europe’s largest broadcasting centre in London’s West End. In addition, approvals were obtained for public art including ‘World’, by Mark Pimlott, and ‘Breathing’ by Jaume Plensa, a 10 metre high inverted glass spire, now a memorial to news journalists who have lost their lives in the course of their work. The development forms an extension to the Grade II* listed Broadcasting House and sensitively embraces the setting of the Grade I listed All Souls Church. Lichfields continues to act as planning and heritage advisor to the BBC.

Lichfields enjoys a longstanding relationship with the BBC having provided planning advice on a continuous basis since 2000 on projects including Media Village, Television Centre and Broadcasting House on Portland Place. Major challenges had to be addressed to enable the BBC to redevelop Broadcasting House to create Europe’s largest state of the art broadcasting and production centre at the heart of London’s West End.

David Gavin, Senior Director, Lichfields

Image credit: Simon Kennedy