BBC Worldwide Headquarters
Stage 6 at Television Centre in White City,
To create an open, efficient workspace, the
mitigates the noise that permeates up through
London, has been transformed into the new
team relocated four central lift cores to a
the atrium space. The only enclosed spaces
headquarters for BBC Worldwide, the primary
windowless wall on the east, replacing them
are meeting rooms, and these are deep inside
commercial arm of the British Broadcasting
with a feature spiral stairway. This helical
Corporation (BBC). The space was formerly
staircase acts as the main circulation route
occupied by the broadcast studios of BBC
for staff, providing a physical and visual
To highlight the media company’s core
News, which relocated to the BBC New
link between each of the six office floors.
business, more than 60 TV screens
Broadcasting House that HOK designed in
A daylight-filled, circular atrium creates a
throughout the building continuously
ground-floor gathering place while providing
broadcast BBC programs. The graphics for
visual connectivity between floors.
each floor are themed around non-program-
The design provides an open, flexible
specific subjects such as adventurers or
environment that promotes the BBC’s
The design drives knowledge sharing and
entertainers. Giving each floor a specific
brand while facilitating cross-functional
creativity among content providers and staff
visual tone and graphic style helps extend the
collaboration among more than 1,200
from different departments. Combining bench
life of the imagery and improve wayfinding.
employees across six floors.
workstations with loose furniture options
Some rooms are themed to reflect BBC
accommodates activities ranging from
programs such as “Doctor Who” and “Dancing
focused work to small or large meetings.
with the Stars.” The colorful graphics at
The Television Centre’s reputation as the first “television factory” when it opened
the atrium’s base include more than 1,000
in 1960 inspired the industrial design
The primary settings, or bench workstations,
individually embroidered felt pieces featuring
aesthetic. In addition to energizing staff
radiate out from the atrium with the quietest
favorite lines from BBC programs.
by avoiding the corporate atmosphere of a
locations placed along the glazed perimeter.
traditional workplace, exposing the structure
◄ helical feature staircase
and services within a 15-foot-high frame
Surrounding the staircase and atrium are
preserves the open floor plate and maintains
flexible, secondary settings that encourage
collaboration and create a buffer that
2016 design annual
94,025 sq. ft. / 8,735 sq. m.