W1 Project wins industry honours

W1 Project TEam collecting its prize The central team worked with BBC partners to deliver the project successfully

The W1 Project has been named 'Programme of the Year' at the Association of Project Management's annual awards.

The team was recognised for bringing 5500 BBC staff together in a new creative hub at New Broadcasting House on budget, on time and without any interruption to the output.

This included the move of 3500 journalists - tv, radio and online journalists with all their specific production and technical requirements - into Europe's biggest newsroom at NBH.

Andy Griffee, W1 programme director who led the NBH project from 2006, said: 'Winning such a major national industry award against such stiff competition is quite an achievement and testament to the collective efforts of all those involved in this 10-year project.'

'Lasting legacy'

Dominic Coles, director of operations, said the award recognised the 'skills and hard work' of the project team, which worked successfully with collaborators including the News and Global News W1 Project teams, Operations, Technology and Workplace.

'Our stunning new Broadcasting House will be a lasting legacy of this success, as will the quality of the programming produced in this state-of-the-art building,' added Coles.

Phase two of the redevelopment - which was completed in March - came in £30m under the original £1.046bn budget, while it is expected to save the BBC more than £700m in property costs over the next two decades.

The award - the BBC's first for project management - will be displayed in the trophy cabinet in W1 reception.

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