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London 2012 press centre on track as windows fitted to building

The concrete structure of the London 2012 Olympics Main Press Centre (MPC) is complete.

The 29,000m2 MPC, which will cater for 5,600 journalists, is moving steadily towards its finish date in summer 2011, with a number of windows in place on three sides.

It is the first time in an Olympic games that the print facility will be based next to its broadcast counterpart – the 55,000m2 International Broadcast Centre (IBC).

ODA Chairman John Armitt said: “The MPC will provide ample space and quality provision for regional, national and international journalists and staff. Work is gathering pace as we enter our busiest construction phase.

“This is the first time press and broadcasters will be based in the same area and marks a significant effort to make the best use of space within the Olympic Park. The buildings are designed to be converted into business facilities after the Games to serve the community for years to come.”

The 2012 main media complex (IBC/MPC) will provide a base for over 20,000 reporters, photographers, broadcasters and support staff across more than 80,000m2. The MPC will offer state-of-the-art utilities, power and digital connectivity. It is based over five floors of office space designed to be converted in Legacy mode for either single or multiple tenants.

Designers have ensured the building is able to be easily conveted for Legacy use after the Games. Innovations designed to meet demanding green building standards in legacy include a 2,500m2 ‘brown roof’ of gravel and moss to encourage invertebrates. This matches an aim to collect 60% of non-drinking water across the Olympic Park, which can then be reused in a number of ways, such as for flushing toilets.

A firm from Host Borough Greenwich constructed the MPC foundations, while the concrete frame was constructed by a company based in Teddington, Surrey. Another Surrey business won the contract for the external cladding, which has now started to be installed.

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