Television Centre (TVC) has a special place in the heart of the nation – the forecourt and famous wall of Studio 1 are well known as they have been featured regularly on our screens over the last 6 decades.
In 2012, a new partnership was formed between the BBC and Stanhope Plc, a property company with over 30 years experience, to breathe new life into TVC. This has now been formalised through the creation of Television Centre Developments Ltd.
The partnership submitted a planning application to the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (H&F) for the refurbishment and redevelopment of TVC in June 2013. There have been in total three applications for the site:
i) Stage 6 refurbishment for BBC Worldwide – granted permission on 27 March 2013
ii) Studios 1-3 refurbishment for BBC Studios and Post Production – granted on 8th July 2013
iii) Outline application (with details for certain parts) for the remainder of the site – submitted in June 2013
The latter application includes applications for both conservation area consent and listed building consent.
The references are: 2013/02355/COMB; 2013/02244/CAC; 2013/02356/LBC
You can view the information as posted by the council on Hammersmith & Fulham’s website. As the application covers most of the TVC site, there is rather a lot of information posted. We have provided an easier way of finding your way through all the information by setting out the application documents as PDF files.
The planning application submitted to the council in June continues to be appraised. However, as a result of ongoing discussions with stakeholders the partnership has recently submitted a number of amendments to the original planning application. These have come about directly from consultation with a range of different organisations. In summary, the changes relate to the following matters:
1. ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS
Hammersmith and Fulham Access for the Disabled (HAFAD) requested a number of design changes in relation to the access strategy.
These changes have been incorporated and comprise:
• The introduction of a ramped access route adjacent to Plot A that replaces the stairs previously indicated in the same location.
• Improvements at taxi drop off to increase accessibility.
• A raised kerb to improve the proposed pedestrian experience throughout TVC.
• An additional platform lift in Plot C closest to Plot A.
2. REALIGNMENT OF THE TOWNHOUSES ON PLOT F
In response to discussions with local residents, the townhouses (Plot F) have been realigned to ensure they are a minimum distance of 18m from the nearest residential (face-to-face) windows.
3. GLAZED PANELS ON PLOT B
In response to concerns expressed regarding potential overlooking from Plot B to Plot C, the amended scheme proposes fixing glazed panels to certain protruding elements of Plot B.
4. DESIGN CHANGES TO THE HELIOS
English Heritage raised comments regarding the proposed elevation to the inner ring of the Helios. In response to this, the design of the windows at lower levels has been modified to reflect the original design.
5. REVISED ENERGY STRATEGY
The energy strategy for the site has been revised from a renewable based approach to a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) approach. As a result of this change, the CHP plant has been incorporated into the Restaurant Block (Plot D). The GLA did not support the renewable energy based approach proposed as part of the application and advocated that a CHP approach should be adopted.
The reference number for the amendments is the same as for the original applications, i.e. 2013/02355/COMB; 2013/02244/CAC; 2013/02356/LBC
The information on the amendments can be seen on Hammersmith & Fulham’s website. We have also included the application documents as PDF files on this website.