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Designers sought for one of the biggest 2012 Olympic legacy projects

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has started its search for a team to design and develop the legacy of one of the biggest projects in the 2012 Olympic Park - the combined broadcast and press centres.

The two centres, which will sit next to each other on the east London site, will total 120,000m2 in size and will become the main employment spaces once the Games are over, becoming office spaces and studios for a variety of organisations.

According to the ODA, the contract has already attracted numerous expressions of interest, and with the launch of the new OJEU, which will focus on how the centres will be used after the Games, the authority hopes to catch the attention of even more firms.

An ODA spokesman, said: 'We want to be as open and transparent as possible, and we have already had expressions of interest for the international broadcast centre and the main press centre, but this is opening it up to everyone.

'We're leaving the OJEU notice quite broad, to allow for more varied responses. It's an enormous space, and Hackney Council is aiming to build a neighbourhood around it in Legacy mode.'

The two centres will be fitted out by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) for all media requirements during the Olympics.

All expressions of interest should be made by 5 April, and invitations to participate will be sent out on 13 April.

Construction is scheduled to begin on 30 September, with final completion due on 31 March 2013.

For more information visit OJEU notice number 2007-58941-EN.

by Richard Vaughan

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