BBC's newest building in White City

It opens in September as part of the London Open House weekend.

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The media village:
· New 17-acre BBC Media Village site on Wood Lane, London W12, providing office space for approximately 6,000 people.
· the Broadcast Centre (40,491 square metres), which houses the BBC's state-of-the-art television playout business
· the Media Centre (39,014 square metres), which provides office accommodation for BBC staff
· the Energy Centre (7,719 square metres), which provides power, heating, cooling and other services to the entire site
· two perimeter buildings which are available to be sub-let to other media companies



· Building work commenced: 10 September 2001
· Official opening date: 12 May 2004
· Size of site: 17 acres
· Size of Broadcast Centre building: 40,491
· square metres
· Size of Media Centre building: 39,014
· square metres
· Size of Energy Centre building: 7,719
· square metres
· Number of men on site at peak: 2,500 of
· 45 different nationalities
· Amount of earth excavated: 60,000 cubic metres
· Number of piled foundations: 1,200
· Amount of electrical cable: 300 miles
· Number of light fittings: 14,000
· Amount of data cable: 1,800 miles
· Amount of pipe work: 100 miles
· Amount of concrete used: 60,000 cubic metres

The BBC opens its newest building to the public as part of the London Open House Weekend, Saturday 18 September 2004. The Media Centre, part of the BBC's new Media Village in White City, will offer visitors a glimpse of the BBC of the 21st century when it throws open its doors for a day of free tours this September.

There will be tours taking visitors behind the scenes of the new building for the very first time on Saturday 18 September as part of the London Open House Weekend, a city-wide event celebrating the capital's diverse architecture.

Officially opened by Jonathan Ross in May this year, the Media Centre was designed by distinguished architects Allies and Morrison, and is part of the BBC's ambitious new project to create cutting-edge and inspirational buildings and spaces that are accessible and welcoming to the public.

The tours - operating every 30 minutes from 10am-5pm (last tour leaves: 4.30pm) on a first come, first served basis - will give visitors the chance to experience first-hand the architects' creative vision, explore the site's exciting contemporary art and discover how the BBC's Media Village is rejuvenating the local area.

Among the building's striking public artworks are Japanese artist Yuko Shiraishi's mural and colour schemes, and collaboration between Poet Laureate Andrew Motion and graphic designer John Morgan. As part of a wider project, "Voices of White City", the pair have created a poetic work on broadcasting that is permanently inlaid in the surface of the cobbled street in front of the Media Centre.

Just down the road, the world famous broadcasting hub BBC Television Centre will also be offering free tours guided by the award-winning BBC Tours team on Saturday 18th September. Tours will be running every 10 minutes from 10am-5pm (last tour leaves: 5pm and tours lasting 50 minutes).

Visitors to the Centre, designed by renowned architect Graham Dawbarn in the Sixties, will get a chance to see John Piper's distinctive mural and TB Huxley-Jones's celebrated sculpture of Helios, as well as getting a sneak peek behind the scenes at the famous studios where programmes such as Blue Peter and Top Of The Pops are made. And, in the year in which Doctor Who returns to our screens, fans will be able to get up close to the Doctor's own compact home, the Tardis, a true architectural marvel!

BBC Bush House, in The Strand, completes the BBC's Open House Weekend hat-trick with 30-minute tours every 10-15 minutes on Saturday 18 September (tours from 10am - 4.30pm, last tour at 4pm). The stunning home of the BBC World Service was built in the Twenties by American businessman Irving T Bush as a trade centre. Leading the way in construction and design, it was one of the first buildings in London to feature central courtyards to bring light to its back offices. Its galleried show fronts, marble-clad public areas and sweeping staircases maintain their splendour today.

22/8/04