BBC Media Village

BBC Broadcast Centre & Media Village, London

The Broadcast Centre became necessary with the advent of digital technology.  Paul Cayford was project architect for the first digital Playout Centre at the original BBC Television Centre.  With this skillset, and his previous experience with corporate headquarter buildings Paul guided the corporation with the business case for the new facility. After considerable analysis the nearby empty site at White City was selected for the £350 million development.  Additional creative commercial space was constructed, and part of the wider BBC’s Property Strategy.

Key Outcomes:

The BBC Broadcast Centre (now run by Red Bee Media) is an exceptionally functional efficient technical centre for technology and creativity.   Paul Cayford demonstrated responsibility and achievement in this role of the highest professionalism.

Our Approach

Our expert engagement with stakeholders allowed for a coherent accommodation schedule and design brief.  The urban challenge was the location of a creative technology workplace within a deprived part of the city; opening up the campus with retail facilities was a win for the occupants and local community alike.  Pioneered the flexible workplace, backed up by technology.

Our Process

Working closely with key stakeholders initially from BBC Broadcast, and subsequently from a myriad of stakeholder groups, we helped provide clarity to define a coherent development brief.    We defined and articulated the workflow processes, and created template for accommodation.

Defined consultant appointment process, held limited invited competition to select architect, offering payment of honorarium.


The Results

Multiple major design and sustainability awards.

  • Customer BBC Broadcast
  • Field Workplace & Media
  • Location West London
  • Year 2004
"The Broadcast Centre was the catalyst for the whole BBC Media Village development..Paul performed an outstanding job working with BBC Broadcast from the very beginning.... through the design and construction process, to the final selection of artwork" : Pam Masters - BBC Broadcast 2005 -RIBA National Award BBC Media Village; 2005 –BCO Corporate Workplace Award BBC Media Village; 2004 –FX International Interior Design Award BBC Media Village [Architects -Allies + Morrison; Interior Designers -DEGW; Engineers -Buro Happold] bbc

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