Broadcasting House

I went to the unveiling of a plaque commemorating Sir Richard MacCormac’s contribution to the design of the new Broadcasting House in Portland Place.   I thought there would be no mention of the fact that Richard’s last years were blighted by what he thought was his unceremonious sacking from the project in 2005, but, on the contrary, each of the speakers referred to it and it became clear that the event was, to some extent at least, an act of posthumous reparation, in recognition of the fact that, having won the public competition chaired by Sir Christopher Bland, he contributed its two key features:  an outsize, underground newsroom which was not part of the original brief, and the open precint dominated by Nash’s All Soul’s, Langham Place.   The only problem with the event was that having heard the speeches, we couldn’t find the plaque.

Prospero and Ariel over the entrance by Eric Gill:-

And MacCormac’s precinct:-


2 thoughts on “Broadcasting House

  1. Richard McCormac was indeed an outstanding architect, who should, and will be, more widely recognised and applauded. In addition to the BBC building, he left his mark on Oxford (the Sainsbury wing at Worcester; St John’s), as well as the Jubilee Line (Southwark), Cable and Wireless in Coventry, and the Science Museum (the Welcome Foundation wing).

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