Exclusive: The race for the key role on Stanhope’s redevelopment of the iconic BBC studios in west London is down to two firms
Lend Lease and Mace are battling it out for the main role on the £400m redevelopment of the BBC Television Centre in west London for developer Stanhope, Building can reveal.
The AHMM-designed scheme, understood to have a construction value of around £400m, will see the iconic doughnut-shaped building 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.
Building understands Lend Lease and Mace are the final two firms in the running for the construction manager role on the scheme, with an announcement expected in the coming weeks.
In April, Stanhope launched reworked plans for the scheme, which involves the demolition of two of the former BBC stage buildings to make way for a new ten storey office building, which will be crowned by a Soho House private members’ club with 47 bedrooms, a roof terrace, swimming pool and restaurants.
Stanhope will also change the use of a proposed nine-storey building on the site from residential to commercial.
Stanhope has recruited architect dRMM to work on designs for the 950-home element of the redevelopment.
The BBC will remain at Television Centre through its commercial subsidiaries BBC Studios and Post Production and BBC Worldwide.
Construction is scheduled to start in April 2015, when the BBC will vacate the majority of the site.
Stanhope, Mace and Lend Lease declined to comment.