The BBC Trust has just spent £3.2 million on a new HQ in Central London.
The BBC watchdog spent £2.2 million on an 8 year lease for the first floor of a converted Edwardian building at 180 Great Portland Street after rejecting space in the corporation’s own building. They spent a further £1 million on refurbishments, following claims they need “physical seperation” from other BBC sectors. Refurbishment costs include £250,000 on interior designers and £40,000 on fitting out costs.
The BBC Trust were previously housed in Marylebone High Street with BBC London and BBC Training. The offices were sold back in October and the other two departments moved into office space at Broadcasting House and White City.
It’s believed the Trust is paying Google, which owns the office building, £346,248 a year in rent, while a 21 month free period was also agreed under the deal.
The Trust have received criticism for spending £1 million on refurbishments because the office was only refurbished last August. The interior design company Overbury were employed by the Trust to create a retro look with projectors, a massive black and white print of Broadcasting House and bookshelf themed wallpaper all encorporated into the design.
This latest announcement is sure to anger many who believe there is no reason the Trust needs this independent space. The BBC is already in trouble this month after it was announced the £813 million revamp of Broadcasting House is over budget by £20 million and is running around 2 years behind schedule.