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New home for Birmingham BBC gets green light

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Birmingham City Council planners have given the go-ahead for the BBC’s new home at the former Typhoo Tea factory in Digbeth.

Leading developer Stoford, which submitted the application on behalf of the corporation, said receiving planning approval for the new 7,800m2 custom-built centre, to be known as The Tea Factory, was an exciting next step in its plans.

Gerard Ludlow, Director at Stoford, said the Bordesley Street landmark represents the first phase of a wider masterplan for the surrounding area.

“Our hard work over the past couple of years has built up to this and we are excited to be given the go-ahead to begin transforming and reusing the building.”

“We’ve been working closely with the BBC to ensure we not only keep the historic legacy of the almost 100-year-old factory, but also deliver a pioneering scheme using low carbon principles. We are looking forward to breathing new life into it.”

The Tea Factory will be one of Birmingham’s first net zero carbon in construction office buildings and, when complete, will house several BBC editorial teams including The Archers, BBC Asian Network, BBC Newsbeat, BBC Radio WM and Midlands Today.

The building is on target to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating and an energy performance certificate (EPC) of ‘A’.

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