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Old November 19th, 2009, 04:25 PM   #1381
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Old November 19th, 2009, 07:53 PM   #1382
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London 2012 Main Press Centre takes shape
19 November 2009
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The Olympic Delivery Authority issued new images today showing the London 2012 Main Press Centre (MPC) taking shape alongside the huge International Broadcast Centre (IBC).

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Together the IBC/MPC will support around 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and journalists communicating the Games to an audience of four billion people worldwide. In legacy the facilities will create just under 900,000 square feet of sustainable business space with the potential to generate thousands of new jobs.

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The venue is being delivered on track by a team of companies from across the UK. The concrete foundations of the IBC/MPC were built by a company from 2012 Host Borough Greenwich and 4,500 tonnes of steel was fabricated for the huge IBC frame in North Yorkshire and produced in Scunthorpe and Teesside.

Around15,000sq m of wall and 26,000sq m of roof covering for the IBC were installed by a north-east based firm using cladding manufactured in Wales. A Teddington company is currently pouring over 30,000 tonnes of concrete to create the frame of the MPC and lifting 30,000sq m of concrete slabs and 300 concrete columns to create the multi-storey car park.

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The MPC ‘big build’ can we viewed first-hand through a new webcam that went live today at: http://www.london2012.com/plans/olym...ess-centre.php

Olympic Delivery Authority Chairman John Armitt said: 'The "big build" is on track as we enter our toughest year with work accelerating on infrastructure and venues across the Olympic Park.

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'The IBC/MPC is taking shape due to the hard work of companies from across the UK and we’re on schedule to provide a quality working environment for media during the Games and flexible employment space for a range of potential legacy tenants and users.'

Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee said: 'These images show the progress we are making in delivering the best possible working environment for the 20,000 members of the world’s broadcasters, press and photographers in the summer of 2012.

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'Billions of people around the world rely on the international media to relay the stories of human endeavour on the field of play and capture the atmosphere across the country during the Games. The impressive facilities we have planned will give us the best possible foundations for telling all the stories from the London 2012 Games whilst leaving high performance workspace in legacy for the east of London.'

Tessa Jowell, Minister for the Olympics, said: 'The Main Press Centre is a prime example of how the Games are benefiting the whole of the UK in the run-up to 2012, while also creating a new future hub for London’s growing digital and creative economies.

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'The MPC and International Broadcast Centre is being delivered by a team of companies from across the UK, including businesses in Wolverhampton, Scunthorpe and Teeside.

'These state-of-the-art media facilities will ensure the Games reach an audience of four billion people worldwide and, as the largest venue on the Olympic Park, they will provide a significant legacy to the growing digital sector.'

Elected Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe said: 'The International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre for 2012 in Hackney will provide permanent employment space after the Games, allowing the digital, creative and media industries the space they need to expand and creating high quality jobs. The progress on the MPC is the next step in the journey towards a vital economic legacy for Hackney and east London.'

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Andrew Altman, Chief Executive of the Olympic Park Legacy Company, said: 'The media centre will become a major employment site after the Games.

'The buildings have been designed with flexibility in mind and can meet the needs of tenants by being split into different configurations depending on the requirements of market demand.'

Big Build: IBC/MPC
The IBC/MPC combines an innovative mixture of permanent and temporary elements during the Games and has been designed to be as flexible as possible to accommodate a range of potential legacy tenants and uses.

The MPC includes:
29,000sq m of green office space by the River Lea Navigation, providing four storeys of workspace for journalists and photographers during the Games.

Innovatively designed flexibility that enables the building to be adapted in legacy for either a single tenant in the whole building or on each floor, as well as multiple tenants on each floor.

A connected single strip of single storey buildings facing the canal that can be separated into ‘mews’ accommodation in legacy offering another type of quality business space in legacy.

New utilities, power and digital connectivity during the Games and in legacy.

Innovations designed to meet demanding green building standards in legacy including a 2,500sq m ‘brown roof’ of gravel and moss to encourage invertebrates; 60 per cent of non-drinking water to be collected from across the Olympic Park; habitats including over 100 bird and bat boxes

The IBC includes:
Around 52,000sq m of studio space over two 8-10m high floors during the Games with a temporary gantry running along the 275m long, 104m wide building for technical equipment.

8,000sq m of offices over five floors at the front of the building.

The flexibility in legacy to be separated into a number of units and for design features to be altered such as cladding replaced with windows
Temporary Games time elements, most of which reduce the Games and legacy transformation costs, include:

A 12,000sq m catering village serving 50,000 meals a day 24 hours.

A 200 metre-long High Street between the MPC and IBC featuring outlets such as banks, newsagents, travel agents and a post office.

A temporary Media Conference room between the IBC and MPC for up to 800 journalists.

A Media Transport Mall providing coach drop-off and car parking, accreditation and security screening during the Games will be halved in legacy to provide car parking spaces to legacy tenants alongside walking, cycling and public transport connections.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company is responsible for the long term development planning, management and maintenance of the Olympic Park Site, including the Main Press Centre and the International Broadcast Centre, after the 2012 Games.

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Old November 20th, 2009, 04:01 PM   #1383
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Old November 20th, 2009, 07:08 PM   #1384
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BIds invited for £110m housing job next to Olympic Park
18 November, 2009 | By Michael Lane

Paddington Churches Housing Association is inviting bids for a £110 million contract to design and build 704 unit mixed-tenure housing scheme in Stratford, East London.

The scheme comprises the construction of seven blocks - five are ten storeys high , one is forty three storeys high, and one is an existing five storey building to be extended by two storeys.

The properties will range in use from affordable rented to high value private sales, with one block providing extra care facilities. There will also be ground floor space available for commercial use.

All foundation works including the construction of a basement have been completed as has the concrete superstructure up to the fourth level of two of the blocks.

Five firms will be shortlisted and invited to tender in January 2010 with a return date in March 2010. Contractors have until 27 November to submit pre-qualification questionnaires.

Work is expected to start on site by May 2010 and completed within 32 months.

Due to the site’s proximity to the Olympic Park, all external elevations and external works must be completed at least four weeks before the start of the Olympic Games.

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Old November 20th, 2009, 08:45 PM   #1385
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 12:41 PM   #1386
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Flythrough of the Olympic park site (Jonathan Edwards presents - official London 2012 video)

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Old November 23rd, 2009, 02:07 PM   #1387
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New aerial images show Olympic Park progress as IOC Coordination Commission visits London
23 November 2009
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The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has today released new aerial images of construction work on the Olympic Park showing the ‘big build’ firmly on track as the project enters its toughest year.

The images show the east London skyline being transformed by construction progress on the ‘big five’ venues – the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, Olympic Village, Velodrome and International Broadcast Centre/Main Press Centre (IBC/MPC). The images have been released as the International Olympic Committee’s Coordination Commission visits the capital for a progress update on London’s plans for staging the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

ODA Chairman John Armitt, said: 'With construction work on the Olympic Park approaching its peak, the "big five" venues are already becoming landmarks on the east London skyline and show how much progress has been made since the IOC Coordination Commission visited earlier this year.

'The external structure of the Olympic Stadium has been finished and the completion of the Aquatics Centre roof gives us an exciting glimpse of what will become the "gateway to the Games" and the Olympic Park’s most iconic venue. Work is also racing ahead in the north of the Park with the first residential plot of the Village structurally complete, the huge frame of the IBC/MPC in place and the striking architecture of the Velodrome taking shape.

'The Olympic Park "big build" is firmly on track but we are not complacent and these new images show the sheer scale of the project and the challenges ahead as we enter our toughest year in the project.'

Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee, said: 'In a little under 1,000 days time, the eyes of the world will fall upon this part of east London. The area is being transformed, creating new communities, new housing, and state-of-the-art sporting facilities.

'It is abundantly clear from these photographs that this piece of regeneration is well under way. Over the next year or so, we look forward to seeing the ODA continuing its excellent work so far and seeing the Olympic Park come to life – both for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in 2012 but also for generations to come.'

Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell said: 'The Olympic Park has really started to take shape since the IOC Co-ordination Commission’s last visit with several of the key elements of the build now complete and venues like the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre making a real impact on the London skyline.

'I am confident that we have the measures in place to make sure that this good progress continues, as we head into the most intensive and challenging phase of construction.'

The images released today show how much the Olympic Park has changed since the IOC Coordination Commission visited London in April this year. A new fly-through video of the Olympic Park, narrated by Jonathan Edwards, was also released on the London 2012 website today. The video and latest aerial shots, taken earlier this month, show:

=The Olympic Stadium’s external structure completed with work starting on the lifting of the cable-net roof

=All five new bridges around the Stadium island lifted into place and the first trees planted

=The wave-shaped Aquatics Centre steel roof structure weighing more than 3,000 tonnes lifted and lowered into place, along with the completion of the concrete dive pool and work well underway on the two 50m competition and training pools

=The huge steel frame of International Broadcast Centre (IBC) completed and the Main Press Centre (MPC) coming out of the ground

=The steelwork forming the distinct double-curved structure of the Velodrome approaching the halfway point

=The first residential block in the Olympic Village structurally complete and work well underway on all other residential plots

=The foundations of the Handball Arena nearing completion

=The Energy Centre taking shape and the Primary Substation building finished – the first building on the Park to be completed

=Work well underway on 21 of more than 30 new bridges to be built in the Park.

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Old November 23rd, 2009, 05:42 PM   #1388
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Old November 24th, 2009, 01:36 AM   #1389
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Old November 24th, 2009, 02:03 AM   #1390
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What a massive construction site! Kudos to the urban planners of this Olympics park.
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Old November 24th, 2009, 02:15 AM   #1391
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Old November 24th, 2009, 02:50 AM   #1392
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Old November 24th, 2009, 03:09 AM   #1393
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Old November 25th, 2009, 06:54 PM   #1394
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British businesses secure £5bn contracts for 2012 Olympic venues.

British businesses have secured nearly all the £5 billion in contracts issued for the construction of the venues for the 2012 olympic games, a report out today will reveal.
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Latest view of games site as inspectors prepare to check on progress
Matthew Beard, Sports News Correspondent
24.11.09

Here is the latest view of the 600-hectare Olympic Park - ready for a key inspection by international Games chiefs this week.

It shows for the first time how major venues, including the Olympic Stadium, aquatics centre, velodrome and basketball arena, will dominate the skyline.



London 2012 chiefs released the photograph before the two-day grilling by the co-ordination commission of the International Olympic Committee. It begins tomorrow and is expected to focus on security, transport and the timetable of events.

Games bosses will also face questions on their plans for the gymnastics and badminton events, which are currently "homeless". The inspectors will also be led on a tour of the Olympic Park in Stratford, to be followed by a series of briefings.

There are now 976 days to go before the Games start.

Today ministers were urged to protect London's Olympic heritage after the event. The head of the British Olympic Association, Andy Hunt, said the venues and park must retain the word "Olympic".

Although the BOA backs a government initiative to name the Stratford complex after the Queen, it insists its full title must be the "Elizabeth Olympic Park".

Mr Hunt said there were few reminders of London hosting the 1948 Games at White City, and the mistake must not be repeated after 2012. Only a plaque at White City and a few pointers at the Wembley stadium site - such as Olympic Way- remain of the event 61 years ago.

Mr Hunt said: "It's about the legacy that sport has in the park, not just Olympic sport but community sport as well. It's important to us because there are so few reminders of 1948."

Mr Hunt said Sydney had failed to retain the fabric of its Olympic park after the 2000 Games, but he was impressed by Munich's, which kept its character despite being home to Bayern Munich FC. The BOA is in negotiations with Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell over a name for the park.

Names of sports venues may be sold off to sponsors but this could not happen until after the Games. Negotiations on future venue naming rights will be led by the Olympic Park Legacy Company, jointly owned by City Hall and the Government.
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Old November 26th, 2009, 12:38 PM   #1396
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The scale of this project scares me.
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Old November 29th, 2009, 03:52 AM   #1398
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the media centre scares me. What a flawed idea that was.
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Old November 29th, 2009, 07:48 PM   #1399
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