BROADCASTING HOUSE

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II*
List Entry Number:
1265570
Date first listed:
16-Jan-1981
Statutory Address:
BROADCASTING HOUSE, PORTLAND PLACE W1

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Location

Statutory Address:
BROADCASTING HOUSE, PORTLAND PLACE W1

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:
Greater London Authority
District:
City of Westminster (London Borough)
National Grid Reference:
TQ 28884 81593

Details

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 03/10/2012

TQ 2881 NE 45/106 16.1.81

CITY OF WESTMINSTER PORTLAND PLACE, W1 (East side) Broadcasting House

II*

Offices and studios for the British Broadcasting Corporation (north extension not of special interest). 1930-32 by Col. G Val Myer and Watson Hart, relief panels by Eric Gill and Gilbert Bayes, etc. Portland stone on steel frame. Long frontage to Portland Place, rounded end with main entrance to Langham Place and eastern return. Shallow modelling to stepped facades in mixed Modernist-Georgian monumental style. 9 storeys with 4 to 6 storey corner clock tower pavilion massing. 35-window range to Portland Place and 7 window wide rounded clock tower end. Main entrance to Langham Place has bronze doors under massive lintel and Eric Gill's "Prospero and Ariel" in niche above. The terminal pavilions to Portland Place have a shop front to south and entrance to north both surmounted by relief panels. Vertically proportioned shallow recessed metal glazing bar casements. 7 "porthole" windows in centre of top attic storey to Portland Place. Upper storeys recessed at various levels with metal balustrades at set-backs. Latticework masts over clock tower and behind. Inside the foyer the windows are flanked by pilasters with glass capitals and cornice carrying lights; Eric Gill's "The Sower" set opposite the entrance. The original, innovatory McGrath, Wells Coates, Chermayeff, etc. interiors and studio fittings removed. Thirties Exhibition Catalogue. Britain in the Thirties; A.D.Profile.

Listing NGR: TQ2888481593

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
424540
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Books and journals
Profile, A D , Britain in the Thirties

Legal

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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