The completion of this new - and totally unnecessary - BBC Wales headquarters building portends the demise of BBC Wales ( just as New Broadcasting House in London heralds the end of the BBC itself).
Probably no one in BBC Wales has ever read C Northcote Parkinson's brilliant book "Parkinson's Law or the Pursuit of Progress". If they had only done so they would have encountered this dictum
"When a company or other organization is finally able to plan and build the perfect building for itself, the building best suited to its needs, that organization is in the throes of petrification and death.
I’m not convinced the BBC wouldn’t still be facing the current pressures had they remained at Television Centre.
And those I know who’ve worked at New Broadcasting House certainly wouldn’t describe it as perfect.
Did they work at what was there beforehand?
What did they make of the Piccadilly building, the old church in Dickenson Road, and several other buildings scattered around Manchester?
Certainly when I was at Pebble Mill nobody spoke fondly of the days at Broad Street, Gosta Green or Carpenter Road etc.
Now the purpose built building has gone, once again there is a seperate site for drama from everything else, which has been squeezed into a smaller space.
EDIT - just re-reading that about New Broadcasting House - did you mean the New in 1976 Manchester one now demolished, or the sort of renamed BH in London?
Last edited by commseng on 14 March 2020 2:49pm