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Television Centre, W12

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A mixed development from Stanhope, the Television Centre comprises of one, two and three-bedroom residential units, offices, television studios and independent restaurants. Located in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, the nearest Underground stations are White City and Wood Lane. Read more

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Vibrant and Buzzy

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It’s been a year since we moved into our apartment in the Helios building and we love it more than ever. The vibrancy and eclectic mix of the development is fantastic. It always feels like there is something exciting going on and the variety of people is fantastic. The community within the building is really developing and people are extremely neighbourly and Stanhope really looks after the whole estate which is spotlessly clean and well cared for. The front of house team / concierge are wonderful – hugely accommodating and always pleasant.

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It is so convenient. White City and Wood Lane undergrounds are but a stones throw away (although you never hear them) and having Westfield on our doorstop is a major bonus. Hammersmith park is great and the tennis courts are always free. This is “city” living at its best.

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David Cudd Property Pro

Television Centre – lots to discuss

Television Centre (TVC) is a special development. There’s so much to talk about. Where should I start?

I could kick off with the historical element of the development, the celebrities who have graced the former BBC HQ and continue to do so at the remaining three active film studios or the huge investments and improvements in the public realm. Maybe the outstanding facilities which have been delivered exceptionally or the commercial tenants who generate life, attract new people and helped in creating an instantly buzzing atmosphere in a previously undesirable and somewhat forgotten part of town.

I could begin by discussing the greater regeneration of the White City area, including the expansion of Westfield (now the largest shopping centre in Europe) or Berkeley Group’s new White City Living development, which will create a new five-acre landscaped park for the local community to enjoy. Or the master plan for Imperial College London’s new campus ‘Imperial West’, which includes 600 student units, research and development facilities, a commercial hotel / offices / retail / private residential in a 35-storey tower, a Research & Translation Hub and eventually 3000 researchers solving the challenges of the future. All lovely to hear if you’re an investor looking for a tenant for your Television Centre apartment.

I haven’t even mentioned the apartments, which have been conceptually designed to pay homage to the site’s history while delivering them in the contemporary way expected of a new build. Subtle touches include mosaic tiles (first seen in the lobby) which continually connect you as you move from the development’s communal areas and into your home (appearing again in your bathroom). The grand entrance lobby provides the friendly and helpful concierge team with a place to greet visitors and residents alike. All too often I’m greeted with a miserable doorman who’s keen to instate their key holding power on estate agents. Only smiles and helpfulness have I experienced at TVC.

The biggest complaint I’ve heard is the distance from building to building which I can understand although, in truth, the distances are significantly wider than a traditional London street. That being said I get it. Privacy or rather a lack of it from certain apartments has put some people off. Personally, it’s not such a concern given the distances are 22m (at their narrowest point) and considering the rest of what the development has to offer. The gym is arguably London’s best – I haven’t seen better. Operated by Soho House’s brand ‘The Cow Shed’ it’s refreshing to see a resident’s gym with a genuine buzz about it. Members of Soho House Group can use the facilities, but I don’t see this as a problem. What would you rather, an empty gym with just your next door neighbour for company. or a busy gym atmosphere with lots of people and energy? It’s a no brainer.

If I had to take a dig at the scheme in would be at Wood Lane itself (where the scheme sits) and the traffic build up – especially at rush hour. Not that it’s the developer’s fault. It’s particularly unpleasant at the moment as construction works on White City Living continue and make-shift pedestrian walkways narrow the road to uncomfortable levels. I’m a motorist so it’s annoying although if you don’t have a car the tube connections are first class. Central, Circle and District Lines are all within a two-minute walk.

A few honourable mentions go to the large break-out spaces, the business suite and the cinema room which, while in use, has an illuminated ‘ON AIR’ sign to guard from unwanted interruptions. Another classy touch which links nicely to the history of the site.

Living at Television Centre will cost you considerably more than an apartment on a street close by, it’s true, but the same can be said for any new build and there’s genuine value for money in design, facilities, and transport links. Rather than comparing value by whats for sale on the neighbouring street, it’s best to compare with similar new-build developments. In doing that I think all will see the real value here.

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The local area is dominated by Westfield shopping centre and while this is convenient it’s not somewhere you’d want to visit everyday. The Westfield ‘antidote’ is essentially the new retail spaces in the commercial section of Television Centre which offers a good selection of restaurants including Homeslice (best pizza in the area), Kricket (delicious Asian fashion tapas) or the better known Bluebird Cafe. Within the next 12-18 months you’ll start to see the railway arches connecting Westfield to White City Living’s new park open with several boutique operators – or so that’s the plan.

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Nina Harrison Property Pro

BBC Television Centre gets the treatment it deserved

White City W12 might soon be an entirely separate city. Who needs the rest of London when you live in Helios and there’s Westfield on the other side of the road. Television Centre is a gloriously swish development that’s taken the childhood magic memories of the BBC and given them an expensive, glossy polish. There’s a surprisingly large, residents lounge, a Soho House, an Electric Cinema and a ring of bright restaurants. Go to Waitrose in Westfield if you really need to cook. Buyers who spend up and live high get the smart outside space of the inner circle to look at as well as the full, green and gritty urban glory of London to the east. Phase One (the original building) finishing end of 2018, Phase 2 in late 2019/early 2020. The high proportion of domestic buyers who can’t all be ex-BBC employees is a good sign and there are plenty of current BBC people still around filming in the renovated BBC StudioWorks.

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This is a high end development and the associated facilities are high end to match. Historically W12 is a rather run-down area that’s undergone a spectacular renovation over the last six years. Having said that, the area immediately around the new developments has some way to go but I’d be surprised if anyone would go badly wrong by buying here.

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The Television Centre is Massive and busy.

The television centre development is part of a huge GBP5billion redevelopment in the white city area. This consists of the expanding of Westfield it will become the largest shopping mall in Europe, a new Imperial college campus and redevelopment of the tube station which will include commercial spaces under the railway arches. The developers, Stanhope, are keen to keep the development in the style of the original television centre that is listed, they have used different architects to do so and have kept things down to the original light switches. BBC, ITV and Sky all have plans to have studios in the development. Shows such as the Graham Norton Show and A League Of Their Own will be filmed there. There will also be an app available for residents to get access to tickets for said shows. They have made a deliberate effort to keep a creative atmosphere to the development and there will also be music venues/spaces for performances. The Soho Members club will be on the rooftop of one area of the development, it is complete with a 3 screen cinema, a gym and a spa and residents can be fast tracked for membership there. There will be 2 concierges and 24 hour security that is based on site, as is the building management. A parking space will cost GBP50,000 and the entrances to the parking are gated and not open to the public but residents only. The service charge is GBP6.75 per square foot. The demographic consists of 80% of UK buyers this is to attempt to keep the development lived in and busy, rather than as just an investment for foreign money. This will no doubt be a very busy area to live and it is just off shepherds bush market and the Uxbridge road that is packed with some great Middle Eastern cuisine restaurants, but it is a very busy road. The Television Centre backs onto Hammersmith park which would be great for those with children. It has great tube links and is next to White city and Wood Lane and near to Shepherds bush market.

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Practical and lively in W12

From a practical perspective the Television Centre by Stanhope is great. Relatively affordable (considering its location), stylish, great access to transport links and the Westway to get out of London, next to Westfield and John Lewis (which is being put in there) for the weekly shop, parking spaces available at GBP50,000. It does have a fairly steep service charge at GBP6.75 per square foot but considering this covers a pool, 24 hour concierge, yoga rooms, residents cinema and a residents lounge it is pretty reasonable. As it is just off Shepherds Bush, there wont be too much traffic coming directly past the development along Wood Lane, like there is going down the Uxbridge road, but it has the benefit of being near the A3220 and the Westway. From a social perspective, given that there will be studios putting on TV shows there and there will be music spaces the Television Centre has the potential to be a pretty cool place to bring friends to. It will also have the Soho House members club and various cafes and restaurants and a four screen cinema. Along with the fact that there is commercial space for offices to be taken, this will be a very busy and happening place. Therefore, it will be perfect for those looking for a vibrant and large development but perhaps less ideal for families looking for a quiet and secluded place to bring up a family.

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