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London 2012 press centre takes shape

The Olympic Delivery Authority issued new images today showing the London 2012 Main Press Centre (MPC) taking shape alongside the huge International Broadcast Centre (IBC).

Together the IBC/MPC will support around 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and journalists communicating the Olympic Games to an audience of four billion people worldwide. In legacy the facilities will create just under 900,000 square feet of sustainable business space with the potential to generate thousands of new jobs.

The venue is being delivered on track by a team of companies from across the UK. The concrete foundations of the IBC/MPC were built by a company from 2012 Host Borough Greenwich and 4500 tonnes of steel was fabricated for the huge IBC frame in North Yorkshire and produced in Scunthorpe and Teesside.  Around 15,000 m2 of wall and 26,000m2 of roof covering for the IBC were installed by a north-east based firm using cladding manufactured in Wales. A Teddington company is currently pouring over 30,000 tonnes of concrete to create the frame of the MPC and lifting 30,000m2 of concrete slabs and 300 concrete columns to create the multi-storey car park.

“The ‘big build’ is on track as we enter our toughest year with work accelerating on infrastructure and venues across the Olympic Park,” said Olympic Delivery Authority Chairman John Armitt.

“The IBC/MPC is taking shape due to the hard work of companies from across the UK and 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.”

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