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The Story of Broadcasting House: Home of the BBC [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Mark Hines
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1 Oct 2008
Broadcasting House in central London is an architectural icon of broadcasting that is known throughout the world. This profusely illustrated book charts the history of the building from its construction in 1932 to its recent, painstaking refurbishment. Mark Hines, the architect in charge of the building's redovelopment, tells the complete story of Broadcasting House, from the BBC's early years and its commissioning of the state-of-the-art headquarters, through World War II bombing and the decline of the building, to the triumphant rebirth of Broadcasting House as a technologically advanced home for BBC Radio. With a foreword by broadcasting legend Sir Terry Wogan, The Story of Broadcasting House is a unique celebration of a much-loved institution.


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers Ltd; illustrated edition edition (1 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185894421X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858944210
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 24.6 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mark Hines (1967-) is a London based architect who also writes and teaches.

One of the country's few Lethaby Scholars, Mark Hines trained with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, one of the world's most respected conservation organizations.

He runs a young architectural practice specialising in new design in historic environments. His projects have included the remodelling of the BBC's Broadcasting House, a new interior for a Grade 1 listed house in London's East End and a gallery for the family of the late film director Stanley Kubrick.



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'I can't keep away from it. The book is absolutely fascinating.' 'If you're interested in architecture, building design, renovation, refurbishment, history of broadcasting or social history then this book is for you. Enjoy it.' --Building Engineer, Wednesday 1, October 2008<br /><br />'It includes fascinating anecdotes and personal accounts of those who built and have worked in the building.' --Best of British, Saturday 1, November 2008<br /><br />'This is a fabulous book for anyone interested in the BBC, art deco design, architecture or challenging refurbishment. It's a good coffee- table size, giving real impact to the photography.' --Constructor and Architect, Thursday 1, January 2009

'It includes fascinating anecdotes and personal accounts of those who built and have worked in the building.' --Best of British, Saturday 1, November 2008

'This is a fabulous book for anyone interested in the BBC, art deco design, architecture or challenging refurbishment. It's a good coffee- table size, giving real impact to the photography.' --Constructor and Architect, Thursday 1, January 2009

About the Author

Mark Hines, previously a director of MJP Architects, was responsible for the restoration of Broadcasting House. He now runs his own architectural practice. Tim Crocker is a photographer specializing in architecture. His work has been widely published. Sir Terry Wogan is one of Britain's best-loved broadcasters. He presents the weekday breakfast show on BBC Radio 2.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This is a fascinating photographic history of the BBC in recent years. I feel that the BBC generates so much goodwill because of its iconic symbols, and certainly the photos presented here by the BBC are distinguished and instinctive, representing a badge of honour. I would strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in this subject, even as casual coffee table reading. I strongly recommend it.

Dr Shibley Rahman from North London (relevance: I go past this building on the front cover in a cab almost everyday!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful volume on an iconic landmark! 23 July 2009
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In many ways, broadcasting was invented inside these walls. This book traces the history of Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London, through its planning and construction. And then, through its beautiful restoration in 2005-2007. Fascinating photos from the BBC archive and beautiful contemporary photos of the building post-refurb.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The BBC story 2 Feb 2013
By BeeJay
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The BBC is a key part of UK life. Unbiased and descriptive this book brought the foundations up to date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOOKS BRAND SPANKING NEW 20 Jun 2014
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Bought this book as "used", but it honestly looks brand spanking new - not a mark or blemish!

- it's a wonderful book on the history of Broadcasting House; very detailed and with loads of high quality b&w and colour photos.

The seller is spot on - rapid dispatch - well packaged and a terrific price for such an immaculate copy.

I highly recommend this book and the seller.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 20 Sep 2013
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Bought this as a present for someone who's father was in the BBC during the development of TV and outside broadcasting. Very pleased with the reaction.
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