A new cladding design for the London 2012 Media Centre helped secure its approval by the Olympic Park Planning Committee last night.
The revamped centre includes more colourful cladding for the main press centre and a new chequerboard cladding design for the international broadcast centre. Measures have been taken to break up both buildings visually.
Under an earlier approval work on the foundations is already well underway, with piling now 90 per cent complete, and the buildings will start coming out of the ground shortly.
The media centre will support 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and journalists communicating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to an audience of approximately four billion people worldwide. In legacy the facilities will create just under 900,000 square feet of business space with the potential to generate thousands of new jobs.
“This decision marks a significant step towards the provision of the best possible working environment and technology for the 20,000 members of the world’s broadcasters, press and photographers in the summer of 2012,” said chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee Sebastian Coe.
“Millions of people around the world rely on the international media to relay the stories of human endeavour on the field of play. The impressive facilities we have planned will give us the best possible foundations for telling all the stories from the London 2012 Games whilst leaving high performance workspace for the east of London.”