News Fifth Olympic Venue Completes

Construction work has been completed on the London 2012 International Broadcast Centre (IBC). It is the fifth venue to be completed on the Olympic Park.

The 275m-long building will form part of the Main Media Complex – a 24-hour media hub which also includes the Main Press Centre (MPC). The complex will cater for over 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and print journalists.

It has been designed to be as flexible as possible to accommodate a range of potential tenants and uses after the Games.

A high street will support both the IBC and MPC, containing dedicated retail, leisure and support services, accessed only by accredited press and broadcasters. The complex will also have a catering village and a multi-storey car park linking the two main venues together via a structure which includes a conference room for up to 700 people.

ODA chairman John Armitt said: “The completion of the International Broadcast Centre (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.

“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 in legacy as planned.”

Olympics minister Hugh Robertson said: “The IBC is fundamental to the worldwide success of the Games housing thousands of the world’s media and sending pictures right across the world. As one of the largest venues on the Park, its completion with a year to go is a great achievement, and is yet another example of businesses across the country coming together to deliver for the United Kingdom.”

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