The BBC TV Centre at White City was opened in 1960 which is now almost sixty years ago. It too is roughly that amount of time since the first time I ventured to White City on the Central Line. Actually I think it was about 1958 I first passed through White City station this would be when the BBC Centre would have just started construction. I have briefly mentioned my use of the Central Line during the late fifties in my post Central Line – Beyond Caxton Road.
All these years I have passed the television centre having never once set foot in it, and even remember the queues of people outside last year trying to be first to buy a flat or apartment within the new centre. Little was thought of it until I happened to be at Wood Lane tonight and said to myself, do you know how long it is since you first came to this area? And so it is the case, thus for the first time ever I decided to set foot in the BBC TV Centre.
Picture I took in early 2017 of the ongoing redevelopment.
As expected they have kept the old BBC TV Centre much as it was with a few changes. I found it quite impressive and these are therefore my first ever pictures of the centre (apart from those taken from the roadway itself.) The redeveloped building opened for the first time in spring 2018.
The redeveloped BBC TV Centre looking from the newly opened bridge across the Central Line.
This is how most of us would have remembered the BBC TV Centre! Source: Google.
The new public area and gardens within the Television centre. The ‘BBC’ logo no longer exists.
Interesting information signs with the Television Centre map visible.
Seeing this building in close up for the first time ever and what an impressive 60s structure it is!
I rather liked the red panelling compared to the old dull panelling used in BBC days. It makes the curved building look more attractive and its quite obvious there is a sort of red theme throughout the entire development, including the signs and lighting. The red of course comes from the BBC’s corporate logo.
Looking to the north side with its impressive staircase and original BBC clock.
Inside the central amphitheatre area. Its a new pop up park however it retains the famous BBC TV fountain and the statue of Helios atop its tall pole. The main central staircase seems to evoke a similar design to that used in the Royal Festival Hall. See this Wikipedia image for the site’s original look as part of the BBC TV.
The mosaic tiling work on the sides of the building is impressive.
Another view of the public area.
Nice seating too! Even though it was quite cold a few people were still using the public area for relaxation.
The BBC still have a substantial studio in the smaller north block next door.
I took the above picture two years ago, to show roughly the spot where one could see Central Line trains enter the long tunnel section stretching as far as Mile End (that being a box section before the tunnels continued to Stratford.)
What is of interest in this picture is the huge advert for the Television Centre on the side of the multi story car park in Wood Lane. I did a search and there seems to be nothing showing the full advert so I created a composite image – shown below – thanks to Google Streets!