The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) is hoping to tempt broadcasters and creative industries companies to move to Stratford after announcing that it is calling for expressions of interest for the future use of the London 2012 broadcast and press centres
OPLC has been tasked with making the media part of the Olympic site a long-term centre for employment, bringing both investment and jobs to the local area.
Its proposal is for a number of creative industries companies, media and research organisations or digital firms to become tenants within the two buildings and begin the formation of a business ‘district’ or ‘campus.’
The OPLC hopes that East London’s strong links with the artistic community will be the catalyst for such a move.
The concept has received strong backing from Hackney borough council which is confident that, along with creative synergies, the promise of cheap rent and exposure to an ‘unmatched’ communications and power infrastructure will help the site to become ‘one of the major European homes for digital broadcasting.’
The Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe said: “Our vision is to see creative, digital and media industries making the centres their home and taking advantage of the creative community already thriving in the area.
”We must ensure the employment legacy vital to Hackney and East London is achieved and we will continue to work closely with our partners to secure this for our residents.”
The broadcast centre will offer 8,800 sq m of offices and 53,300 sq m of commercial or studio space, and will allow for single or multiple occupancy.
It has been designed so that it can be reconfigured into four separate buildings if necessary.
Available ceiling heights of up to 10.5m could lend themselves to the creation of medium and small sized TV studios, similar to those currently found within The London Studios and parts of BBC Television Centre.
Heating will not be included in the building but there will be cooling and easy access to local Internet connectivity and power.
The press centre will provide nearly 30,000 sq m of office space and will be heated.
The OPLC hopes to get anchor tenants signed up before the games begin in 2012.
Occupancy will be possible from the middle of 2013.
Chief executive Andrew Altman said that he felt the two buildings would appeal to creative companies – and differ from other available office space in London - as they would be seen as ‘part of a district or campus.’
Interested parties are asked to consult the OPLC’s memorandum of information and register their interest at www.legacycompany.co.uk
The deadline for initial responses is 26 November 2010.