BBC plans set to boost hospitality recruitment?

A new BBC development could lead to a rise in hospitality recruitment opportunities in the capital.

The corporation is to develop its famous White City television centre in the capital with a host of new operations scheduled to get up and running on the 14-acre site over the next few years.

Within the mixed-use development, there are plans for office and studio spaces which will be used by the Beeb, while there will also be entertainment and leisure facilities, a hotel and more than 1,000 homes.

The chief executive of Stanhope, which owns the land, David Camp said he hopes it will come to be a real boost for the community.

"We will be introducing a vibrant and exciting mix of new retail, leisure, office and residential uses while keeping and enhancing the famous original BBC buildings and retaining key operational BBC studio and office facilities on site," he said.

Mr Camp added that "Television Centre will be a great place to live, work and visit".

Within the submitted plans, which were drawn up by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, the new centre will have three studios completely refitted while there will also be a new base for BBC Worldwide on Wood Lane.

The inner ring of Television Centre will be renovated to include a hotel and a number of homes with a village green of family town houses being created.

All stage four and five buildings will be given a makeover, with the space targeted at new media and creative businesses while the drama and restaurant blocks and will also be given a complete overhaul.

Official planning applications for the site will be delivered throughout the first half of this year, with Stanhope stating that it hopes to start work on site in 2015.

It may be some way off but, when the project is completed, it could signal a host of new job opportunities in the capital, with many located in the hospitality sector.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency in the catering industry