New BBC Broadcasting House opened last March in the heart of London. It is now the largest construction project the BBC has ever been involved in.
Thanks to the redevelopment of the Broadcasting House, BBC’s national and global teams are working together on the same site for the very first time. The site has taken almost a decade to complete, and it contains now one of the largest live newsrooms in the world.
The last division to move into the building was Global news in March 2013 where nowadays breaking news are 20% of their news everyday.
The multimedia-broadcasting centre has been open to the public since April 2013. Funded principally by the BBC annual television licence fee, the broadcasting corporation feels the duty to show its subscribers what the £1.47bn for the construction of the new headquarters was for. People need to see where their money went, and that is one reason the organized guided tours are for.
A range of new public spaces has been created in the new complex to create dialogue between visitors/audiences and BBC staff. There is also more openness between departments than there has been previously.
Started to build in 2006, the building only started to be converted into a newsroom on the 1st of January 2013. Everything has been conscientiously made to offer employees a friendly and pleasant place to work in. Broadcasting House won a few friendly environment awards thanks to its new informal areas at each floor for employees to make casual reunions – as a get away from the office. According to the designers of the building, this informality brings employees more creativity and it is also a new approach to the environment that they work in.
21 degrees has been estimated the optimum temperature, therefore the whole building stands to this hit.
With about 6000 people working in the new building, divided in eight floors and three basement levels, it is now the main BBC building in the country. For many people, the Broadcasting House is the BBC.