London 2012 completes fifth venue in Olympic Park
London 2012 has moved one step closer to the Games with the announcement that construction work has been completed on the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) – the fifth new venue to be completed in the Olympic Park.
The 275m-long building will form part of the Main Media Complex, which will cater for over 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and print journalists during the Games, who will help bring London 2012 to billions of people around the world.
With just over one year to go until the Opening Ceremony, the completion of the IBC marks a significant milestone for London 2012, with work already completed on the Olympic Stadium, the velodrome and the basketball and handball arenas within the Olympic Park.
John Armitt, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, which is responsible for the venues and infrastructure for the Games, said: “The Olympic Park project is on schedule and within budget. Today’s announcement of the completion of the IBC means that, with over a year to go to the Games, five of the six main venues on the site have now finished construction, allowing time for LOCOG to install overlay and run test events.
“The ODA has hit all of its milestones to date, and we are firmly on track to deliver the venues and infrastructure required for the Games and their legacy as planned.”
The IBC – which is big enough to house five jumbo jets – has been designed to be as flexible as possible to accommodate a range of potential tenants and uses once the Games have finished. The buildings will be converted for office and commercial use, bringing opportunities to the local community and providing more than 80,000 square metres of employment space.
Post-Games legacy has also been a priority for other venues within the Olympic Park. The Olympic Stadium and velodrome will both provide superb facilities for the local community, sports clubs and elite athletes, while the handball arena will be adapted to become a multi-use sports centre for community use. Elsewhere, the newly-built Lee Valley White Water Centre, which will host the canoe slalom competition during London 2012, is already open to the public, providing an early sporting legacy from the Games.