Life after the Olympics
Beijing’s 2008 Paralympic Games (which followed August’s Olympics) closed last week, which means RMJM Hillier’s Beijing International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre (IBC/MPC) is now entering legacy mode. However, as RMJM project director Ross Milne explains, post-occupancy is what this building was designed for. ‘We thought of the project backwards,’ he says. ‘As the convention centre being temporarily altered to accommodate the media and sports facilities, rather than the other way round.’
The Beijing IBC/MPC, which during the Olympics accommodated 21,600 accredited journalists as well as hosting the fencing and pentathlon pistol shooting events, is to be reinvented as China’s National Convention Centre (CNCC). The CNCC will be open for business by July 2009, by which time London’s IBC/MPC should be just starting on site.
Allies and Morrison won the contract for the £400 million London 2012 Olympic IBC/MPC partially on the strength of its plans to convert the venue into office space and create 8,000 new jobs after the Games. Developers Carillion and Igloo will lease the space during the Olympics with an eye on housing digital and creative companies there post-Games.
Planning for post-occupancy means juggling two briefs for the building design. This week, we look at how RMJM designed for the Beijing IBC/MPC’s legacy.