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Staff blog

Rob

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Rob is a producer at BBC Learning English. In this week's blog he shows you around our new home in the centre of London.

Welcome to our new home

Hello! It's good to be back with you on the blog again. I must start with an apology on behalf of BBC Learning English - we haven't officially welcomed you to our new home.

We are now located in a brand new building called New Broadcasting House in central London. It's slightly odd to call it a 'house' - it's not a house you would live in - it's really a huge, eight storey high office block - not a story, as in something you read! It's been joined onto the old existing Broadcasting House, as you can see here:

New Broadcasting House

Can you guess which floor we are based on?

A picture of the number 5 on the fifth floor of New Broadcasting House

And because we are on the 5th floor, we get a good view of London's famous West End district:

The view from the 5th floor of New Broadcasting House

The view from the 5th floor of New Broadcasting House

There is a saying to call a house a home, meaning a house feels like home only when your friends or family and your personal possessions are in it. I suppose we can call it home because my friendly colleagues are here and we are surrounded by many familiar things like our computers, books and equipment.

Look, here are some of the team hard at work in our new office:

The BBC Learning English team in the office

The BBC Learning English team in the office

A similar phrase is home is where the heart is, meaning a true home is where the person or place you most love is. Well, I don't think I would say our new work place is the place I love the most, and it's not really a home from home - but it is a pleasant place to spend my working hours. Our old office at Bush House (another house!) is now just a distant memory and our new building is a very different place.

For a start, it is open-plan, so it hasn't got many walls and we're not located in small separate offices. It looks like this:

The open-plan newsroom

The open-plan newsroom

The great thing about this is that you get to see almost everybody who works at the BBC, from technicians, to journalists to presenters. And as it is a new building, everything is spick and span - for now anyway! There is no junk on the desks or cupboards full of old equipment. We need to keep our desks clear because many of us hot desk - that means we share desks and don't always sit at the same place.

Another benefit of a being in a brand new building is we have the latest high-tech equipment, which makes it easier for us to produce all the lovely content for you. The building has a few quirks too: outside, the names of places we broadcast to around the world have been stamped onto the paving stones. Like this:

Paving stones outside New Broadcasting House

Do you live in any of the places shown?

But one thing that is really close to home is that in our new building we get free and unlimited cups of tea and coffee - that's something worth coming to work for! Here is my colleague Neil, enjoying a free cuppa:

Neil

My colleague Neil

I hope you now get a sense of where we are now working and where we are speaking to you from.

What are your first impressions? How does it compare with the place where you work or study? What is the best thing about where you work or study?

Vocabulary

storey

level in a building

to call a house a home

to make a building feel comfortable to live in

home is where the heart is

a true home is where the person or place you most love is

a home from home

a place where you are as comfortable and happy as you are at home

a distant memory

something from a long time ago that is getting harder to remember

open-plan

having no (or few) dividing walls between areas

spick and span

very clean and tidy

hot desk

a desk that is available for anyone to use

high-tech

modern, up-to-date technology

quirks

things that are strange and unexpected

close to home

affecting one intimately and personally

get a sense of

develop some understanding of

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Now tell us what you think

What are your first impressions of New Broadcasting House? How does it compare with the place where you work or study? What is the best thing about where you work or study?

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