Television Centre is the sensitive remodelling of the existing Grade II-listed BBC Television Centre in west London into an exemplary mixed-use development, set within a generous and vibrant landscape setting that has opened up the iconic landmark to the public for the first time in the BBC’s history.
Designed by award-winning architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, the Television Centre has been reinvented into a truly mixed-use development that offers office and studio space for the BBC, entertainment and leisure facilities, new homes with private residential gardens, a boutique hotel and an extensive high-quality public realm.
The Television Centre's famous forecourt has been reinvented and its Helios Courtyard restored to create a vibrant and welcoming public plaza that has facilitated pedestrian movement across the site. The design of the forecourt is a contemporary take on a London Garden Square, creating a memorable and vibrant landscape consisting of active perimeters, walkways, trees, planting, seating and outdoor activity.
A public walkway leads residents and visitors through the forecourt and continues up towards the Helios Plaza, a circular courtyard which forms the inner ring of London’s Television Centre, where the famous 10-foot-tall bronze ‘Helios’ statue has been reinstated. The design of the plaza maintains the simplicity of the original architectural concept and introduces a softer, garden character surrounding the fountain.
Nestled between the Helios and the newly constructed Crescent Building, a private landscaped courtyard offers residents a secluded and tranquil oasis, where they can sit and relax amongst naturalistic swathes of vibrant planting that flow with the season. The gentle curvature of the landscaping is inspired by the waves of information transmitted for half a century from Television Centre.
The Television Centre shows how powerful landscape architecture can be in transforming urban space; enhancing city living through access to beautiful spaces and nature.