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2012 Media and Broadcast centres top-out

The two Olympic media buildings - the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) and Media Press Centre (MPC) have both topped-out, according to the ODA today.

Together the IBC/MPC will support around 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and journalists communicating the Games to an audience of 4bn people worldwide.

Cladding is also complete for the IBC, using 15,000 m2 of wall and 26,000m2 of roof covering.

In legacy the buildings will create just under 83,600m2 of space.

ODA chairman John Armitt said: “The ‘big build’ is on track as we enter our toughest year with work accelerating on infrastructure and venues across the Olympic Park. 

“The IBC/MPC is taking shape due to the hard work of companies from across the UK with cladding from Wales, steel from the north of England and flooring and foundations delivered by local companies. We’re on schedule to provide a quality working environment for media during the Games and flexible employment space for a range of potential legacy tenants and users,” he said.

Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee said:  

“These images demonstrate the progress we are making in delivering the best facilities for the 20,000 members of the world’s broadcasters, press and photographers in the summer of 2012.  Billions of people around the world rely on the international media to relay the stories of human endeavour on the field of play and capture the atmosphere of the Games.  The impressive plans for the IBC/MPC will help us tell these stories while leaving high performance workspace after the Games for the east of London.”

Minister for the Olympics, Tessa Jowell, said: “With the International Broadcast Centre cladding now in place and the huge steel frame of the Main Press Centre complete, the Games’ biggest venue is really starting to take shape.

“This venue combines local and national workmanship with companies close to the Olympic Park involved in its construction alongside businesses from Wales, Wolverhampton, Scunthorpe and Teeside – a real example of how the Games are benefitting the whole UK.

“The Broadcast and Press Centres will be key aspects of the Olympic Park in legacy, providing a new space for the UK’s growing digital sector and creative economies, generating employment opportunities in this vibrant new corner of London,” she said.


Who’s Who

  • Contractor: Carillion
  • Consultant: Buro Happold
  • Architect: Allies and Morrison, RPS Burks Green
  • IBC Cladding: Hathaway using cladding manufactured in Wales by Euroclad
  • Foundations: O’Keefe
  • Steelworks: Severfield Reeve, produced by Corus
  • Concrete: Byrne Brothers
  • Flooring: Stanford Flooring

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