Fifth 2012 big build commences

Niki May Young
Friday 17 Apr 2009

2012 delivery ahead of schedule as IBC construction starts

Building work started over a month early on the foundations of the huge International Broadcast Centre for the London 2012 Games with construction now underway on the ‘big five’ Olympic Park venues.

The Olympic Park ‘big build: foundations’ is on track with the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and Olympic Village already taking shape and the foundations of the Velodrome well underway.

Work has started sinking 2,100 concrete piles up to 24m into the ground to form the foundations of the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) and Main Press Centre (MPC) for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games which will create just under 900,000 sq ft of business space in legacy with the potential to generate thousands of new jobs.

The IBC has around 52,000 sq m of studio space on two 8-10m high floors during the Games with a temporary gantry running along the building for technical equipment and 8,000 sq m of offices over five floors at the front of the building. The IBC/MPC will support around 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and journalists communicating the Games to an audience of four billion people worldwide.

This summer work will start on the steel frame of the IBC, which is 275m long, 104m wide, 21m tall and big enough to house five jumbo jets. Over 4,500 tonnes of steel with trusses up to 24m long are being produced and fabricated for the IBC in Dalton, North Yorkshire. Work is also underway on the media transport mall and the foundations of the MPC are due to start this month.

Elected Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe said: "We are pleased that the IBC/MPC will provide vital employment space in Hackney Wick after the Games, enabling the expansion of the digital, media and creative industries that are already thriving in East London. We're working hard to influence the designs of the media centres to secure the best possible legacy for our borough."

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