It stood for decades as proof Britain really did rule the broadcasting waves. But now the original BBC Television Centre in West London is nearing completion of an ambitious refurbishment programme and the public already has access to the site.
SSE Enterprise Utilities has just taken ‘the keys’ for the White City location to operate and maintain all its heating and cooling facilities for 800 residents and 60,000sqm of retail and commercial space, including a diverse range of leisure facilities incorporating a hotel, gym and cinema.
SSE is now supplying the first customers on site, running the heat and cooling network operation and ongoing maintenance, including any network refurbishment along with 24-hour fault-finding and repairs.
Led by developer Stanhope Plc with investors Mitsui Fudosan, the west London site is being regenerated and reinvented as a mixed-use development, whilst office and studio space for the BBC will maintain the site’s broadcasting legacy, adding to its unique appeal.
Nathan Sanders, Managing Director of SSE Enterprise Utilities, said: “We’ve been involved in shaping the future of this fascinating site from an early stage, and now we’re up and running in terms of providing heating and cooling servies to our first customers. We’ll look after all our customers 24/7 through our dedicted customer service provision.
“We’ll be helping to keep offices illuminated and the homes, hotel and leisure facilities humming with activity at this wonderful site for many years to come. It is a great example of the kind of project we can run and where we can deliver something really special for our customers.”
David Reay from Stanhope said: “We are delighted to hand over the keys to SSE Enterprise Utilities to operate and maintain the heating and cooling for all our residents and office tenants, and for the restaurants and Soho House hotel and club. Stanhope has worked well with SSE to create a great design, we are pleased with the product that they have delivered and we look forward to working with them for years to come. ”
SSE Enterprise Utilities has worked closely with client Stanhope’s design team to ensure that the heating and cooling infrastructure is designed for optimum long-term operation and efficiency.
As part of the process, the client and SSE teams collaborated to develop a detailed commissioning and handover programme, a critical component in the successful delivery of a project this size. SSE will also be seeking accreditation from the Heat Trust (the independent heat customer protection scheme) which provides reassurance for residential and micro business customers as well as access to an Ombudsman.
SSE has also adopted the installed electricity networks on site. Customers on the electricity network will be free to choose whichever energy supplier they prefer. This flexible and transparent approach was a key driver in Stanhope’s decision to appoint SSE Enterprise Utilities.
Television Centre in White City, West London was the headquarters of BBC Television between 1960 and 2013. Officially opened on 29 June 1960, it remains one of the most readily recognisable facilities of its type, having appeared as the backdrop for many BBC programmes. Parts of the building are Grade II listed, including the central ring and Studio 1.