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Latest news from Olympic media centre – 'we have cladding'

Progress on the Olympic site’s biggest venue continues on schedule as cladding on the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) is completed and the Main Press Centre (MPC) reaches its full height.

Tessa Jowell, Minister for the Olympics, said: ‘With the International Broadcast Centre cladding now in place and the huge steel frame of the Main Press Centre complete, the Games’ biggest venue is really starting to take shape.’

The IBC/MPC, which will house an expected 20,000 members of the world’s broadcasters, press and photographers reporting on the games, is being constructed by a team of companies from across the UK.

Carillion is building the IBC/MPC, which was designed by a team made up of Allies and Morrison, Buro Happold and RPS Burks Green.

The wall and roof covering for the IBC were installed by Hathaway using cladding manufactured by Euroclad. The concrete foundations of the IBC/MPC were built by O’Keefe. The IBC steel was fabricated by Severfield Reeve and produced by Corus. Byrne Brothers are currently pouring the concrete for the MPC frame. Stanford Flooring, poured all the concrete flooring to the IBC.

Click here to watch the progress of the IPC and MPC and other Olympic buildings online at the Olympic 2012 website.

Construction in progress at the IBC

Source: David Poultney

Construction in progress at the IBC


The Olympic project could yet be stung by costly financial pressures despite preparations to stage the London 2012 Games remaining on track, the National Audit Office (NAO) said today (26 February).

Plans so far are on time and set to be within the £9.325 billion budget but the Government spending watchdog progress report warns ‘previous experience shows that financial pressures and risks are likely to occur right up to the Games’.

This could see further demands on the contingency fund.

Last year £621 million of contingency funding was withdrawn when construction of the Olympic Village and the media centre became entirely publicly funded after plans for private financing collapsed in the economic downturn. This was clearly a value for money decision, the NAO said.

Edward Leigh, chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, noted: ‘With just under two-and-a-half years to go, there are plenty more hurdles which the delivery team are yet to jump.

‘But with less contingency funding available, the room for manoeuvre has been reduced.

‘The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) must also work with Government to ensure LOCOG at least breaks even to prevent the taxpayer having to pick up yet another bill.’

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