From the Olympic Delivery Authority
The International Broadcast Centre (IBC) for the 2012 Games has been completed, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) announced today as it published its Annual Report.
The venue is the fifth to be completed on the Olympic Park.
The 275-metre-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 more than 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and print journalists – bringing the Games to an estimated 4 billion people worldwide.
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 links the two main venues together via a structure which includes a conference room for up to 700 people.
ODA Chairman John Armitt said: “The Olympic Park project is on schedule and within budget. Today’s announcement of the completion of the International Broadcast Centre 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 in legacy as planned.”
Notes to Editors:
The Annual Report and Accounts 2010-2011 can be read or downloaded at: http://www.london2012.com/publications/oda-annual-report-and-accounts-2010-11.php; The expenses of the ODA Board and Executive Management Board can downloaded at: http://www.london2012.com/publications/olympic-delivery-authority-expenses-2010-2011.php
International Broadcast Centre factfile:
- The steel frame of the IBC is 275m long, 104m wide, 21m tall and big enough to house five jumbo jets.
- The concrete foundations of the IBC/MPC were built by a company from Host Borough Greenwich, with the steel for the huge IBC frame fabricated in North Yorkshire and produced in Scunthorpe and Teesside.
- 21,500 Rights Holding Broadcast personnel from around the world will be accredited to over the period of the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games. On a daily basis between 6,000 and 8,000 (peak times) people will be working in the IBC.
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