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BBC Media Village

The BBC Media Village in 2004

The BBC Media Village was opened in 2004 as the second phase of development at BBC White City. The 17-acre site, located in Wood Lane, London W12, encompasses the 1908 Summer Olympics site (parts of the swimming pool were discovered when the foundations were laid). It closed as a BBC headquarters on 10 July 2015.[1] It was announced that it would be renamed White City Place by new owners Stanhope and Mitsui Fudosan.[2]


Two main buildings for staff were the "Broadcast Centre" which housed BBC Future Media & Technology, the cross-BBC Programme Management Office, Red Bee Media's digital television broadcast facilities, and the "Media Centre" which provided office accommodation for BBC staff, many in the administrative segment of the corporation. The Media Centre was also the global headquarters for the BBC's for-profit publishing subsidiary BBC Worldwide.

The Energy Centre provided services to the entire site, and from early 2008 became home to both the production team of Top Gear and the Top Gear magazine team in the penthouse, as well as hosting The One Show's studio from 2007 to 2013.

The buildings were opened to the public as part of Open House London in September 2004. Public access was available to shops, bars and other retail outlets.

The buildings were designed by Allies and Morrison Architects and Buro Happold and built by Bovis Lend Lease.


  1. ^ "Goodbye to Media Centre after 11 years". BBC. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "BBC move continues after £87m deal for Media Village". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 

External links

  • New BBC Media Village opens tomorrow BBC Press Office, 11 May 2004

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