Centre House, an unloved concatenation of four small office blocks the other side of the Central Line from Television Centre, has changed hands again.
During its BBC career, blocks A to D of Centre House were variously home to a viewing theatre, where Barry Norman would catch up for his tv show; drama producers; the Television music library; Top Gear production offices; Programme Acquisitions; labs for BBC Research & Development; a small canteen; and a discrete private dining room.
In 2011, two years before the BBC left Television Centre, Centre House was leased out, and was re-branded as the Ugli Campus, sub-letting space to start-ups. It was then part of a package picked up by Imperial College, who redeveloped the Woodlands site. Now housing developers Berkeley’s St James have acquired Centre House, and are expected to seek planning permision next year to put 500 residential units on the site.