Wogan House

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BBC Wogan House
BBC Western House autostitch.jpg
Western House in 2007
Wogan House is located in Central London
Wogan House
Location within Central London
Former names BBC Western House
General information
Location 99 Great Portland Street, London
Country United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°31′09″N 0°08′34″W / 51.519132°N 0.142717°W / 51.519132; -0.142717Coordinates: 51°31′09″N 0°08′34″W / 51.519132°N 0.142717°W / 51.519132; -0.142717
Current tenants BBC (used to house BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 Music and the BBC Club)
Owner Aberdeen Asset Management
Technical details
Floor count 7

BBC Wogan House (commonly referred to as Wogan House, originally known as Western House) is a building in central London owned by Aberdeen Asset Management and currently on long-term lease to the BBC, previously named Western House.[1] It is located on the junction of Gildea Street and Great Portland Street adjacent to the BBC's headquarters, Broadcasting House. On 16 November 2016, the building was renamed Wogan House after the late broadcaster Terry Wogan who broadcast his last Radio 2 breakfast show from the location in 2009.

History[edit]

The building has been used by the BBC since at least 1953 and for a large part of that time the upper floors were occupied by the BBC's Engineering Designs Department,[2] with the ground floor being occupied firstly by a car showroom and latterly becoming the home of the BBC's Recorded Sound Effects Library.[3] During this period, the building became the UK base for the first transatlantic colour television satellite communications.[4] The BBC Engineering Designs Department was restructured in the late 1980s and subsequently vacated Western House in 1987.

Following extensive renovation in the early/mid-2000s, its main use since 2006 has been as the home of BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 Music,[5] although it also houses several smaller radio studios for use by other BBC stations[6] as well as a gym, bar and bistro for use by members of the BBC Club and guests.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "H2SO Property Consultants2012 - SWIP buys Western House". Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "BBC Designs:Introduction". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Description". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "New Page 1". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "BBC - Inside the BBC - Where To Find Us - London". Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "BBC Radio Resources // Studios // London // (Archived from the original on 12 October 2017) Contribution". Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "BBC Club". Retrieved 28 April 2013.