Bush House is a Grade II listed building at the southern end of Kingsway between Aldwych and the Strand in London. It was conceived as a major new trade centre by American industrialist Irving T. Bush, commissioned, designed and constructed under his direction; the design was approved in 1919, work began in 1925, was completed in 1935. Erected in stages, by 1929 Bush House was declared the "most expensive building in the world". Now part of the Strand Campus of King's College London, Bush House served as the headquarters of the BBC World Service. Broadcasting from Bush House lasted for 70 years, from winter 1941 to summer 2012; the final BBC broadcast from Bush House was the 12noon BST news bulletin on 12 July 2012. The BBC World Service is now housed in Broadcasting House in Portland Place. King's College London has taken over the premises since acquiring the lease in 2015; the longtime occupation of part of Bush House by HM Revenue and Customs is scheduled to end some time in 2019–2020 when it vacates the South-West Wing.
The building was commissioned and owned by American individuals and companies. Irving T. Bush gained approval for his plans for the building in 1919, conceived as a major new trade centre and designed by American architect Harvey Wiley Corbett; the construction was undertaken by John Co.. Sections of Bush House were completed and opened over a period of 10 years: Centre Block was opened in 1925, North-West Wing in 1928, North-East Wing in 1929, South-East Wing in 1930, South-West Wing in 1935; the full building complex was completed in 1935. The building's opening ceremony was performed by Lord Balfour, Lord President of the Council, on 4 July 1925, it included the unveiling of two statues at the entrance made by American artist Malvina Hoffman. The statues symbolise Anglo-American friendship and the building bears the inscription "To the friendship of English speaking peoples". Built from Portland stone, Bush House was in 1929 declared the "most expensive building in the world"; the BBC European Service moved into the South-East Wing of Bush House after bombs damaged Broadcasting House on 8 December 1940.
The move was completed in 1941 and the BBC Overseas Service followed in 1958. The BBC World Service occupied four wings of the building. In 1944 Bush House suffered external damage from a V-1 flying bomb; the North-West Wing was occupied by BBC Online until they relocated to the BBC Media Village in 2005, with some studio and office space being retained until 2008. The BBC moved its World Service to Broadcasting House; the final broadcast from Bush was on 12 July 2012. Bulletins now come from Broadcasting House; the BBC's lease expired at the end of 2012. A full refurbishment of Bush House and its adjoining wings was undertaken by John Robertson Architects following the BBC's vacation. Bush House, along with North-East Wing, South-East Wing and Melbourne House were stripped back to CAT A and modernised whilst retaining original period features; the intended use was open plan offices with reception spaces for each of the buildings given an individual identity. The courtyard was to remain as a car park/delivery point.
Completion of this work transpired in June 2014 as part of the much-marketed Aldwych Quarter. On 10 March 2015, King's College London announced it had acquired a 50-year lease for the Aldwych Quarter; as a substantial part of its expansion of its Strand Campus John Robertson Architects undertook the interior fit-out to convert Aldwych Quarter into a operational, modern university campus, including installation of a 400 seat auditorium, lecture theatres, seminar rooms, academic offices and a health centre. The courtyard has been converted from car parking to semi-public realm and features a new glass pavilion offering access to the Students' Union and under-croft joining the building's wings together. Since its foundation on 1 August 2017, the King's Business School has been located inside Bush House, it came forth from the School of Business to form the 9th faculty of the university. To ‘support world class education and research with environments which foster creativity and engagement.’ the central block hosts The Department of Informatics which brings together innovators from the business and technology worlds.
King's College London Students' Union occupies Bush House. Its Union Shop opened in The Arcade in September 2017, followed by a series of other student spaces in Spring 2018. KCLSU operates as a charity, independent of the university. Related buildings: Bush Terminal Bush TowerRelated persons: Marian Spore Bush Rufus T. Bush "World Service staff bid farewell to iconic Bush House", World Radio and TV, BBC News. An album of technical photos of the BBC at Bush House, 1961–2005
Mohamad Awata is a Syrian footballer who plays as a winger or forward for German club 1. FC Schweinfurt 05. Awata turned professional in his home country at the age of 16; as a member of Al-Wahda, a Premier League club in his native Damascus, he won the 2014 league title. He made one appearance at the 2013 AFC Cup during a qualifying play-off match against Al-Ahli Taizz. However, in the summer of 2016, he was forced to flee his country due to the raging civil war, in which his mother and uncle were killed when his house was bombed, he travelled to Turkey by land to Greece by sea settling in Germany. While in Stuttgart, he was allowed to train with a local amateur side. In the summer of 2016, a friend of his recommended him to the coach of 1860 Munich, Daniel Bierofka, who welcomed him onto the team with open arms after an impressive tryout, it took the DFB nine months to clear him to play, during which he trained with the under-21 squad. After obtaining a special permit, he was able to sign an official contract with the club in January 2017.
He made his debut with the reserve team two months during a 1–0 Regionalliga win against Memmingen. He failed to score in any; the first team was relegated from 2. Bundesliga, failed to obtain a license to play in 3. Liga for the 2017–18 season, forcing them to compete in Regionalliga. Bierofka was moved up to coach the first team, Awata was among the dozen players he brought up with him, he made his first-team debut on September 23, replacing Markus Ziereis in the late minutes of a win against Unterföhring. He scored his first goal in his second match, a 4–1 victory over Bayreuth on the final matchday of the season, he added two assists as Munich finished as league champions and earned promotion into the 3. Liga. For his goal-scoring celebration, he tore off his shirt and kissed the running track earning him a yellow card; that same season, he made 29 appearances for the reserve team, with all but one as a part of the starting lineup. He led his team with 8 of them coming in the first 12 matches.
In August 2018, Awata signed with Jordanian Pro League club Al-Jazeera Club. He made one appearance at the 2018 AFC Cup during a knockout stage match against Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya in September. Al-Wahda Syrian Premier League: 20141860 Munich Regionalliga Bayern: 2017–18 Mohamad Awata at Soccerway Mohamad Awata at FuPa.net Mohamad Awata at WorldFootball.net
Reading Memorial High School is a four-year public high school serving the town of Reading, United States, as its only grade 9-12 school. Reading Memorial is managed by Reading Public Schools; the school has a student body of 1,269 drawn from Coolidge Middle School. A new building renovation and construction project was completed for the 2007-08 academic year. Part of the Middlesex League, the sports teams are called the Rockets; the school's principal is Kathleen Boynton and the vice principals are Jessica Theriault and Michael McSweeney. In the Spring of the 1995-96 school year, the Reading Memorial Boys Varsity Baseball team won their first State Championship; the Reading Memorial High School Girls Basketball program was the 2012 Division II Massachusetts State Champions. Reading Girls basketball capped an undefeated 2012 season by defeating Central Champion Tyngsborough at the DCU Center in Worcester on March 17, 2012; this was the first state championship for Reading Memorial High School in the sport of basketball.
The following year the team competed for the Eastern Division II Massachusetts State Championship, but fell in overtime to Medfield, 59-51. On March 16, 2014, the Rockets' Boys Varsity Hockey team won the Division I State Championship over Braintree 4-1 at the TD Garden, their first state championship since winning the Super 8 Championship in 2008. On March 15, 2015, the Reading Girls Varsity Hockey team won the Division I State Championship over Acton-Boxborough Regional High School 3-1 at the TD Garden, their first in the school's history. On November 11th, 2016, Reading Memorial's Varsity Football team advanced to their respective playoff division Super Bowl for the second consecutive year after beating Lincoln Sudbury 21-7 in the Division 1A North Final. However, they lost to King Philip High School 21-18 in the Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium, their second consecutive loss in an MIAA Super Bowl; the Rockets' Football team has won two of the five Super Bowls they have participated in since 2003, winning in 2009 and 2012.
Additionally, in the fall of 2016 the Reading High School Varsity Girls Swim Team won the Middlesex League Championship and the Division 2 State Championship. The Girls Varsity swim team repeated as League and Division 2 State Champions in 2017 and 2018. On June 23, 2018, the Rockets' Boys Varsity Lacrosse team won the MIAA Division 2 State Championship by defeating Concord-Carlisle High School, 13-9, at Boston University's Nickerson Field; the title was the first state championship victory in Reading Memorial's Lacrosse Program history. Stephen Goss, known as Cousin Stizz Max Brallier, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mark Erelli, folk musician Denise A. Spellberg, associate professor of history, University of Texas at Austin, author of Politics and the Islamic Past: The Legacy of'A'isha Bint Abi Bakr and Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders Mark Feeney, Boston Globe arts writer, author of Nixon at the Movies: A Book about Belief, winner Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, 2008 Brad Whitford, best known as guitarist for Aerosmith John Doherty first baseman-designated hitter, California Angels Danny McBride, singer-songwriter, best known as guitarist for 1970s rock and roll group Sha Na Na