Specific plans have been presented for the BBC’s new Birmingham location in a historic building in Digbeth. Several of the editorial teams for the company will be housed on the website. In 2025, the BBC plans to relocate from The Mailbox, where it currently resides, to an 84,001-square-foot facility, including the former Typhoo Building. The proposal was submitted by developer Stoford and is the first stage of a more thorough master plan for the neighbourhood. It comes after public consultation events and countless online survey replies.
“The response from the general public, including people in Digbeth who live or work there as well as the hundreds of others we connected with on social media because they were just curious in the idea,” said Gerard Ludlow, director at Stoford, “has been extremely positive.” The idea of the BBC moving into such a recognisable and iconic structure has delighted Birmingham’s citizens, tourists, and commuters.
The Gooch Estate, Glenn Howells Architects, Turley, and several other public sector partners are collaborating with Stoford to finish the development and create a thorough vision for the surrounding area. The company intends to build up to 800,000 square feet of new residential, office, and hospitality space near the BBC over the next ten years.