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Steel stars in BBC centre makeover

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nBBCApr16The former and historic BBC Television Centre in west London is being transformed into a new high-spec mixed-use development with steel construction playing a leading role.

At the heart of the £400M project is Plot B, the iconic circular building that once contained the majority of the BBC’s studios. It is being transformed into a major mixed-use development, including a business hub for the creative industries, a hotel, cinema, gym, restaurants and cafes, as well as 950-homes.

Working on behalf of main contractor Mace, Bourne Steel is fabricating and installing 245t of structural steel to form the penthouses on top of Plot B.

With more than 250 site-welded connections and very limited use of the tower cranes, Bourne is utilising spider cranes for the installation of this first phase of the redevelopment.

Construction work on the prestigious project began early in 2015 with the first phase expected to be completed, and occupied in 2017.

David Camp,Chief Executive of developer Stanhope, said: “For the first time in 50 years, the site will be opened up enabling Television Centre to become the hub of an evolving district. Together with the BBC’s continuing presence on the site and the addition of Soho House, we believe that it will be a great place to live, work and visit.”

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