The center has been famous for it being the milieu of many major shows of BBC. Though a sudden upsurge in property prices of the area due to the arrival of Westfield Shopping Center nearby threatened to pull it down, it has stood up by all odds and today is declared a protected building. There is however plans to sell off the building by the end of 2013 though this decision have met with a large and wide protest across the country.
The architecture of the building is quite interesting as well. When you have a look at the building from the air, it looks much like a question mark, as visualised by its creator. Shaped like a doughnut, the circular central block gives easy access for cabling from all the important rooms surrounding it. These include the studios, engineering areas, offices and of course the newly constructed News Center. The cables are located well at equidistance from the Central Apparatus Room.
The major attraction of the doughnut however remains the statue of Helios designed by T.B. Huxley Jones. Though initially a water fountain was planned at this spot, its disturbing sound led to it being replaced by the beautiful figurine. The place is absolutely stunning with some marvellously huge studios that promise you an exciting tour. However since the bombing late back in 2001, the visitors are subject to strict scrutiny much in the airport style.
This tour that could take up to two hours gives you a glimpse into the real world where the news is caught and brought live round the clock. The news room, dressing room, interactive studio games, and many other entertainment options await you at this fascinating world of BBC. The tours are conducted on all days of the week except on Sundays. You need to make bookings in advance and the cost of the tour is 9.50 pounds for adults and 7.00 pounds for children. You can also avail a family ticket at 27.00 pounds. You can choose to book the ticket online or via phone.
The BBC Television Center tour has been declared as one of the most prestigious ones of the city. The live shows, tours and events of the place have always remained in news and more recently 'Bang Goes the Theory Science Road show' has been gathering great reviews. You can book today to watch a free show or take a tour of the place or even choose to be one of their famous shows!