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Olympic Media Centre unveiled

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London’s Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has unveiled its designs for the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) and Main Press Centre (MPC)

The centres will support approximately 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and journalists reporting on the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.

A planning application for the buildings was submitted this week, with mobilisation works being carried out for the contractor to begin work in the next two months. A decision on the cladding for the two centres remains unresolved, according to a spokesperson at the ODA.

The MPC will provide 29,000m² of green office space and four storeys of workspace. The IBC, which was originally designed by Allies and Morrison before a design-and-build team was brought in, will house 50,000m² of studio space during the games. Following the completion of the games, both centres can be converted to singular office buildings, or adapted to suit future occupiers of the buildings.

In a statement, organising committee chair Sebastian Coe said: ‘Today’s announcement is a significant step towards delivering the best possible working environment for the 20,000 of the world’s broadcasters, press and photographers in the summer of 2012. The media will play a key role in how the world views London and the games. Billions of people around the world rely on the international media to relay the stories of human endeavour on the field of play and to capture the atmosphere at games-time.’

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