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London 2012 media centre designs unveiled

Carillion and its design team this morning revealed its designs for the London 2012 media centre, which is due to begin construction on site next month.

The £355M venue, now fully funded by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) after design and build contractor Carillion failed to raise private funds, will comprise the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) and Main Press Centre (MPC), which will support around 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and journalists during the 2012 games.

Carillion’s design team of Allies and Morrison, Buro Happold and RPS Group Burks Green, have designed an IBC/MPC that combines a mixture of permanent and temporary elements during the Olympics in order to be as flexible as possible to accommodate a range of tenants and uses after the games.

“This innovative design provides a quality working environment for the media during the Games while delivering flexible and green employment space for a range of potential business uses in legacy,” said ODA Chairman John Armitt.

The MPC will meet demanding green standards in legacy through innovations including the use of recycled non-drinking water collected across the Olympic Park and new habitats to attract wildlife including a ‘brown roof’ and bird boxes.

A planning application for the IBC/MPC has been submitted this week, the site has been cleared and the contractor is due to start construction on the venue next month. It will provide 29,000m2 of office space when completed.

Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe, said: “We are pleased the IBC/MPC will provide vital employment space in Hackney Wick after the Games. The Council’s aim is for the new business space to allow for the expansion of digital, media and creative industries that are thriving in East London. Local businesses and media companies have expressed strong interest in moving to the facilities in legacy, and we will continue to work to secure the best possible legacy for our Borough, residents and local businesses.”

Readers' comments (7)

  • As built, structures rarely live up to the promise of architects' visualisations. In this case, the visualisation shows what appears to be a row of low budget warehouses. Are we really showcasing the best of British design and construction capability? Even on ultra tight budgets, we don't need to blight a nascent community with dystopian out-of-town shopping centre aesthetics.

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  • Even a couple of attractive looking girls taking exercise and some brightly coloured scaffolding can't disguise that fact that this is a warehouse.

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  • “This innovative design provides a... flexible and green employment space for a range of potential business uses in legacy,” said ODA Chairman John Armitt

    Sticking a couple of bird boxes on the roof, whilst great for attracting wildlife, is not going to attract the creative and media companies the ODA has in mind. They prefer their warehouses in brick, preferably turn of the century, and not looking quite so much like a Tesco distribution centre.

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  • Compared to the The Public, in West Bromwich
    this shows a remarkable trend to towards UK being awarded the dullest designs around.

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  • This is clearly a marvellous culmination of the Building Schools for the Future Programme. A redundant 1970s comprehensive has been dismantled to make for a fine new modern structure for school children but is to find new life as a home for the media at the Olympics. Brilliant and very, very ugly. It's hardly a legacy for East London is it? Hopefully it is all temporary.

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  • you have got to be kidding me, THIS is what were building?? look at the beijing media centre, a nice building (designed by Scots aswel). this? as previusoly stated. its a warehouse. did the architect steal the conception from a toddlers scrawls?? certianly seems like it. with all the hype and posturing, could we at least have something worth bragging about?

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  • How much did the Beijing media centre cost? Better to stick the journos in a warehouse and give the paying public and the taxpayer vfm!!!

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