BBC’s W1 Programme triumphs at APM Awards

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.”Dominic Coles, Director of Operations, BBC
Date: 05.11.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.12
Category: Corporate
The BBC’s W1 Programme has won Programme of the Year at this year’s prestigious APM Project Management Awards, held last night (Monday 4 November).

This is in recognition of its delivery of a state-of-the-art creative hub in the centre of London that brings together 5,500 staff from the BBC’s national and international journalism, BBC Television services, BBC Network Radio, online teams and professional support services in the redeveloped, iconic Broadcasting House.

Accepting the trophy at the London Hilton, BBC Director of Operations, Dominic Coles, said: “Winning this prestigious award is a significant achievement for the BBC. It recognises both the skills and hard work of the project team involved, and the collaborative approach of the many areas of the BBC who successfully came together to support the delivery of this major project. 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.”

W1 Programme Director, Andy Griffee, 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.”

Phase Two of the W1 Programme ended in March 2013 having delivered on-air, on-schedule and under budget. It delivered a £30m underspend on the original £1.046bn budget and has trebled the financial benefits first identified in 2002 – to over £700m over the remaining 21-year life of the bond. More than 5,500 staff - mostly professional journalists - were successfully moved into the redeveloped Broadcasting House with no loss of output as a result.

Partners involved in the delivery of the W1 programme cited collaborative working, open teamwork, divisional engagement, project leadership and a strong commitment from stakeholders as key to its success.

The programme is already helping BBC budgets to go further by sharing content and guests more easily, reducing support and training costs, disposing of smaller unwanted buildings and using new workflows to save money.

This is the first time the BBC has won a project award in the 20-year history of the awards.

Note to Editors

The APM Project Management Awards 2013 recognise what people can achieve through project management and have been celebrating excellence in the profession for over 20 years. To mark the 10th anniversary of the iconic awards trophy, this year saw brand new judging criteria that recognised the broadening range of possibilities within project management. With a focus on achievement, the new criteria put much greater emphasis on the outputs and outcomes of projects - what they aim to achieve and what their success gives back to the profession.

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