The development of the "new" BBC Broadcasting House (BH) in London continues with studios for Radio 1 the latest part of the project to be announced, writes Kevin Hilton. The on-air and news studios are due to be handed over in September, with this new installation following the World Service's move from Bush House to BH. Radio 1 currently broadcasts from Yalding House, near BH, and will take over the eighth floor of the new development, which also houses the World Service and BBC News. Integration company IPE Systems will equip six on-air studios, to be shared between Radio 1 and digital station 1Xtra, the Live Lounge performance area, R1 office and two Newsbeat news studios. The R1 installation will be in line with current BBC equipment policy and include Studer OnAir 3000 consoles, VCS automation and SADiE and Pro Tools digital audio workstations. This is the third part of a contract between IPE Systems and the BBC that has also included installation of facilities for BBC North at Salford Quays and the World Service. The World Service, which celebrates its 80 anniversary in December this year, is in the middle of moving from its long-term headquarters at Bush House into new studios in BH. The transition between the two buildings is due to be completed by the end of this month, when the Service's radio operation will be broadcasting completely from 18 VCS and OnAir 3000 equipped glass box studios, designed by Andy Munro. www.bbc.co.uk
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