BBC New Broadcasting House Westminster, London W1A Project info

BBC New Broadcasting House

Westminster, London W1A

A range of new public spaces have been created at the heart of Broadcasting House, which open up the building to create a dialogue between audiences/visitors and BBC staff.

The convexity of Broadcasting House is complemented by the concavity of a translucent façade, creating a cyclorama around the new public space behind All Souls church, and visually terminating Nash’s Regent Street.

This public space between Broadcasting House and the John Peel wing is defined by the pavement artwork ‘World’ by Mark Pimlott.  This unique arena provides a place to linger and see the BBC in action, a performance and exhibition space, and a café.

The original Broadcasting House commissioned an inspiring range of contemporary artists and designers to work on the building. The New Broadcasting House Project continues this tradition with a major new Public Art Programme, working across diverse artforms from scultpure and light to colour, text and photography.

The Public Art Programme is curated in 4 sections:

Permanent – artworks that integrate into the architecture
Temporary – visual artworks used as ‘wraps’ on the construction scaffolding
Community – artworks devised for and with members of the local community, especially schools and colleges
Broadcasting House Collection – artworks produced by different artists’ responses to the Broadcasting House ‘site’ World piazza

At the heart of the development is this new open air space, featuring a major new artwork, World, by the Canadian artist, Mark Pimlott. Mixing texture, light, text and discreet audio, World will create a unique and reflective public arena. World will be a place to linger and see the BBC in action, a place to hear regular summer lunchtime/early evening music, and – occasionally – a place to celebrate the big BBC events such as the Proms or Children in Need where the space will become a live theatrical setting.

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  • Client
    British Broadcasting Corporation & Land Securities
  • Completion
    Planning Permission Granted 2005
  • Awards
    British Council for Offices (BCO) Award, 2014
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