Architect MacCormac Jamieson Prichard has been removed from the landmark project to redevelop BBC Broadcasting House.
Developers Land Securities and Bovis Lend Lease, in consultation with the BBC, have terminated the relationship after a review of requirements for the second phase.
Building reported last month that a BBC design review of the second phase of Broadcasting House had prompted MJP to lay off 12 staff, a third of the team on the project.
The review called for changes to the design of the second phase of alterations, which simplified the structure of the 24-hour studio where the BBC’s flagship news operations would be based.
A source close to the project said the BBC had called for the design review because it was no longer sure what sort of space it wanted, and how it should be used.
A statement from contractor Bovis, developer Land Securities and the BBC said:
“We have jointly decided not to continue the relationship with MacCormac Jamieson Prichard as architects on the balance of the works on phase two of the BBC Broadcasting House redevelopment. All acknowledge the distinguished work carried out to date by MacCormac Jamieson Prichard to make this a building of the greatest architectural merit and a world-class broadcasting centre.
“The decision has come as a result of creative differences and all parties wish to make it clear that this is in no way a reflection of their opinion of the professional capabilities of MacCormac Jamieson Prichard whom they continue to view with the highest regard.”
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