The first day at the Broadcast Centre

 by Martin Belam, 7 February 2005

So today was my first day in my new office home, the Broadcast Centre within the BBC's White City complex.

My approach to work is now somewhat different than walking down Kingsway   Come join us!

The building, despite having some snagging left to do, is great. I just wish it was nearer home. The meeting room closest to me has been named after Alan Turing, and I certainly can't complain about that. It was a strange day altogether though - it wasn't just the first day in the new building. By chance (perhaps) it was also the first day at work after losing a great producer from my team to another company, and losing a great editor to Radio 4 for a few months.

My desk plugged in and ready to go. The coffee is there to get ME plugged in and ready to go  Faery Lights guide us to the unisex toilets  A view into our 'Wright Brothers' meeting room  There is still a lot of snagging to do though

Outside the building are two water features - black plinthes that host a shallow pool of water that drains noisily off the sides. I don't think we've had any Diana Memorial Fountain style disasters yet, but it ocurred to me that if you had a particularly delayed journey to work and arrived in dire need of our unisex toilet facilities, having your walk into the building accompanied by the constant sound of gushing water may not turn out to be ideal.

Water feature outside the BBC's Broadcast Centre in White City

I think I've been quite lucky with the location of my desk in the whole scheme of things. From where I am sitting I can see the arch of the new Wembley stadium rising across the sky, and have a great view over West London. One of my colleagues borrowed my camera and took a great picture of the sun setting behind us.

The sun setting seen from the balcony behind my desk in the Broadcast Centre at White City

I'm sure I can get used to it - even if I can't get used to the price of the beer in the wine bar below us.


Monitor dreadfully low! Send round the occupational health droids at once...

I've found out where the crank-handle is to raise the desk, so the monitor is near to a proper height. It's just that being so short I can't reach the phone now ;-)

You must let me take you to the local drinking houses. Well, house.

IIRC, the fountain in TVC had to be turned off because it leaked, and also the echoes in the donut made everyone want to pee All.The.Time.

*blush* I'm getting quite a few invites. Lets have corporate mail and fix up a time :-)

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