Why is ITV doing this?
The London Television Centre (LTVC) is more than 45 years old, and it’s starting to show its age. It no longer gives us the kind of space and facilities that we need. The planned redevelopment provides the opportunity to bring colleagues who are spread across London, together under one roof for the first time. We’ve spent nearly four years reviewing other potential sites for a new London home, but have decided that we enjoy and are proud of being part of the South Bank’s cultural quarter and are prepared to commit significant investment to secure our long-term future here.
What are the benefits of ITV’s redevelopment?
• A new global HQ building for ITV providing increased levels of employment on the South Bank.
• Retention of ITV as part of the cultural quarter on the South Bank with associated facilities for ITV Studios Daytime productions.
• A new square suitable for screenings, events and ‘pop up art’ celebrating the South Bank cultural quarter.
• New homes, including homes for affordable rent, in a well-designed residential building.
• Reduction in HGV traffic to and from the site as large studio sets would no longer be delivered here.
• Improved public realm that includes potential for new pedestrian access route to the River Thames from Upper Ground.
• Potential catalyst for other small production companies and supporting services.
• A significant annual contribution to Lambeth Council through commercial business rates.
What will happen to ITV while you rebuild?
We are moving to offices at Waterhouse Square in Holborn and additional space at our existing offices in Gray’s Inn Road. ITV Studios Daytime has relocated to studio facilities and production offices in White City.
Exactly how tall will the development be?
It is proposed that the office HQ will vary in height, ranging from ground plus 5 storeys to ground plus 12 storeys (plus roof top plant). The residential building is proposed to be taller and of a more elegant design than the existing 90m office building, rising to circa 104m.
Will any trees be impacted by ITV’s proposals?
We may need to remove two trees on Upper Ground to facilitate construction. However, our landscaping proposals include the replacement of these trees together with more extensive planting.
Can you outline the anticipated visual impact of the residential building?
The plans have been the subject of detailed discussion with Lambeth Council, Historic England and other statutory consultees. The plans consider the heritage and context of the South Bank, including:
• The South Bank Conservation Area and nearby listed buildings.
• The linear view from Westminster Pier to St Paul’s Cathedral.
• Westminster World Heritage Site and other listed views e.g from Somerset House.
• Our nearby residential neighbours.
We looked very carefully at whether we could realistically convert the existing tower but concluded that:
• The constraints imposed by the existing building’s age, layout and materials would make the delivery of high quality homes unfeasible.
• The overall design of the scheme would be compromised if the 1970’s stub tower was not redeveloped to the same high standards that we aspire to for the new ITV HQ.
• The new design, whilst on the same footprint, is much more slender and elegant in appearance.
• Our specialist advisers concluded that the levels of local disruption (specifically noise) would be greater if we attempted to convert the existing tower with a new skin and core.
• The residential accommodation provided in a converted office tower would always be a compromise when compared with the flexibility a new tower design provides.
The new residential building is now planned at circa 100m to its parapet comprising some 31 storeys.
Will any affordable housing be provided as part of the mix?
We have included a residential building as part of the plans, which will provide 213 units. We have committed to the maximum affordable housing provision, as calculated by Lambeth Council's valuers, supplemented by a substantial cash payment for provision of additional homes in the borough.
Will the range of jobs remain the same in the new development and how many employees will this bring to the South Bank?
We anticipate circa 3,000 colleagues on site after the development is complete, including the original 1,500, plus the 900 across the rest of London, together with an increased number of freelancers and service providers who support ITV. The total number includes sales and technology jobs relocating from our Camden offices.
What are the current parking and servicing arrangements at LTVC and how will these be changed/improved?
ITV currently has more than 100 underground parking spaces for staff and also has to accommodate heavy lorry deliveries containing sets for our large entertainment studios. There will be no requirement to accommodate heavy lorry deliveries for this purpose in the new HQ building because large entertainment studios will not form part of the proposed development.
The new plans envisage around 20 car parking spaces for ITV usage and circa 400 cycle bays. There are some 30 car parking spaces for the proposed residential building most of which are designated for disabled residents. In total, therefore, the number of car parking spaces will be roughly halved. Deliveries will also be significantly reduced from the current arrangement.
Overall, the new site access plan will deliver:
• A reduction in vehicle entrances and service access points from three to one.
• A service delivery point behind the residential tower and away from Upper Ground.
• Better audience management. Queuing on Upper Ground will no longer be necessary, as the new building will include a dedicated reception area for audiences to ITV’s daytime shows.
• A significant reduction in HGV traffic and the overall traffic count.
• A secure and managed square.
• A high proportion of Blue Badge parking spaces.
How will you manage the square?
ITV will manage the square. Our proposals also include a 24-hour manned security centre located next to the square, which will ensure any planning conditions are routinely enforced.
How will you mitigate the impacts of demolition and construction on the site neighbours?
Our contractors will sign up to the Considerate Constructors Scheme, a national initiative set up by the construction industry to minimise and manage any disruption caused by demolition/construction.
During this period, the site will be surrounded with a secure hoarding to mitigate the impact of the noise and dust produced. Vehicle movements along the South Bank during the demolition and construction phase will be subject to submitting a full construction traffic management plan to Lambeth Council.
A neighbourhood construction liaison group will also be set up so that our neighbours can maintain regular contact with ITV and future site contractors.
How will you keep the local community involved in the development?
Following our public exhibition we collated all the public feedback received and submitted it to Lambeth Council in our Statement of Community Involvement as part of our full planning application. We will continue to be active members of the South Bank Employers Group and will regularly attend the Southbank Forum and Southbank Partnership meetings.
Following approval of our application, we will continue to keep the local community informed of all upcoming development activity throughout the construction process.