London 2012, Sport
Richard Arnold was appointed as the Project Sponsor with the Olympic Delivery Authority part-way through the construction of the Main Media Centre at the Olympic Park.
The International Broadcast Centre/Main Press Centre (IBC/MPC) Complex was a 24-hour media hub for around 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and journalists during the Games ensuring that coverage could be provided to an estimated four billion people worldwide.
Located in the north-west corner of the Olympic Park, both the IBC and the MPC have been designed to be as flexible as possible to accommodate a range of potential tenants and uses after the Games.
The IBC has around 52,000 m2 of studio space for broadcasters and 8,000 m2 of offices. It has the flexibility to be separated into multiple units after the Games.
To cater for the international media working around the clock, the Complex incorporates temporary facilities including an 800-capacity press conference room, a 4,000-seat restaurant and a 200m-long High Street running between the MPC and IBC with outlets such as banks, newsagents, travel agents and a post office.
The MPC includes 29,000 m2 of office space with four storeys of workspace for journalists and photographers during the Games. It has an innovative design that enables the building to be adapted after the Games for either a single tenant in the whole building or on each floor, or multiple tenants on each floor.
After the Games, the facilities will offer more than 80,000 m2 of business space, with the potential to generate thousands of new jobs.