The London 2012 media centre has been granted planning approval by the Olympic Park Planning Committee
It follows months of re-design work after CABE slammed the original design, labelling it ‘extremely weak’ and called for a fundamental rethink.
However, following a series of revisions by Allies & Morrison which include a new cladding design for the MPC and new ‘chequerboard’ design for the IBC building, the scheme won approval yesterday (23 June).
The International Broadcast Centre (IBC) and Main Press Centre (MPC) will support 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and journalists communicating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to an audience of approximately four billion people.
Following the completion of the games, the facilities will create approximately 83000 m2 of business space.
Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee, said: ‘This decision marks a significant step towards the provision of the best possible working environment and technology for the 20,000 members of the world’s broadcasters, press and photographers in the summer of 2012. Millions of people around the world rely on the international media to relay the stories of human endeavour on the field of play. The impressive facilities we have planned will give us the best possible foundations for telling all the stories from the London 2012 Games whilst leaving high performance workspace for the east of London.’
Under an earlier approval work on the foundations is already well underway, with piling now 90 per cent complete, with work on the buildings due to start shortly.