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Olympic media venue gains preferred bidder

The Mayor of London and London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) yesterday approved iCity as preferred bidder for the Press and Broadcast Centres and revealed that four bids had been received in the latest attempt to secure a legace for the Olympic Stadium.

In a statement the LLDC said the iCIty decision was “in keeping with its vision to create a new commercial centre on the Park”. iCITY will now have several months to submit “credible business plans” to show it can deliver the Legacy Corporation’s aspirations for the Press and Broadcast Centre site, it added.

The iCITY plan aims to create a centre for technology, design and research that it claims could generate more than 4,000 jobs. It aims to include a community focus via a conference centre and a pedestrian square for broadcasting major sporting events, along with cafes, restaurants and bars.

Following an extension to the bidding period, the Legacy Corporation also revealed that it has received four bids for the venue from West Ham United, Intelligent Transport Services in association with Formula One, UCFB College of Football Business and Leyton Orient.

These bids could add to the legacy uses already secured for the Stadium as it will become the new national home for athletics and host to the IAAF 2017 World Athletics.Championships.

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