BBC Studios and Post Production has announced it will relocate to Elstree Studios while BBC Television Centre is redeveloped.
BBC S&PP runs six of the 12 studios at TVC, which the BBC is selling to property developer Stanhope for £200m.
BBC S&PP will be based at Elstree Studios from Spring 2013 until 2015, when it will return to the refurbished TVC.
Elstree Studios is half a mile away from BBC S&PP’s existing facilities at BBC Elstree, where EastEnders is based.
BBC S&PP, a commercial subsidiary of the BBC, said that between the two sites it would be able to offer a range of studios and stages for TV productions, including BBC Elstree’s 11,200 sq ft Studio D and Elstree Studios’ Stages 8 and 9 at 7,500 sq ft each and its 15,600 sq ft George Lucas Stage (pictured).
BBC S&PP’s HD kit will be relocated to Elstree Studios. The company’s digital media services business, which re-masters and manages content, will relocate to a permanent home in West London around the start of 2013, with the precise location yet to be confirmed.
BBC S&PP interim chief executive Clive Hodge said: “Our mix of studio facilities located at these two well-established complexes at Elstree provides an excellent working solution for our customers while Television Centre is being redeveloped.
“Our expert technical, creative and project management staff will all be moving with us and we’ll be investing in both Elstree Studio sites to ensure we continue to provide our clients with the range of services and experience they have come to expect from us.”
Elstree Studios managing director Roger Morris added: “We are already the home to Dancing on Ice, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Big Brother, and this year The Voice and Red or Black.
“Now, having the expertise, management and technical resources of BBC S&PP working with us, combined with the significant investments we are both making in the studios, I cannot imagine a better offering in the facilities market place for television producers.”