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The London Studios Also known as London Weekend Television (LWT) and Kent House

 

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  • Kent House was the headquarters of London Weekend Television which contains three studios that have seen many famous programmes filmed there including "Blind Date", "You've been Framed" and most famously "The South Bank Show" which is named after the building's location and was shown in 60 countries around the world.
  • The building was originally planned a year after London Weekend Television won their franchise to start broadcasting in 1967 as a physical symbol of their importance to British broadcasting that they hoped would rival the BBC.
  • Particularly unusual for the day and age it was built is the black and white colour scheme rather than brown seen on Kings Reach Tower and the appearance of a castellated crown that follows the lines of the external structural columns.

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Architect
EPR Architects
Developer
London Weekend Television

Reference Data

Reference No.
171
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
04-12-2016
 

Building Location

Address
Upperground, Bankside, London. SE1 9PP
Council
Lambeth
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1968
Construction start date
1969
Completion date
1972
Style
International

Roof Height (AGL)
278.87

Total Floors (O.G)
27

Market Data

Primary Use
Office

Floorspace (sq ft)
150,694.75

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