Olympic Legacy: East London Office Space
Office space that will house 20,000 members of the international media during London 2012 is open to offers, as the company charged with insuring the lasting legacy of the London Olympics seeks to secure an anchor tenant and avoid the office space becoming a disused relic after the final medal is handed out.
Over the next 9 weeks the Olympic Park Legacy Company are inviting interested parties to submit proposals for the office space, with a focus on it becoming part of a movement that will generate long-term employment and investment for the East London site.
“The Broadcast and Press Centres offer an unprecedented opportunity to create a new employment hub in Hackney Wick.ΓÇ¥ explained Jules Pipe, elected Mayor for Hackney.
ΓÇ£They will have world-class communications infrastructure and will be served by excellent new transport links.ΓÇ¥
ΓÇ£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 media office space is currently split between the Broadcast Centre and the Press Centre, each of which will be altered following the close of the 2012 game. Once completed the Broadcast centre will provide nearly 9,000 sq. ft. of office space over five floors while the Press Centre, also split over 5 floors, will provide nearly 30,000 sq. ft. of prime, grade A office space.
It is hoped that the office space will attract tenants from creative industries.
“Innovation and enterprise will help define the long-term future of the Olympic ParkΓÇ¥ explained Olympic Park LegacyΓÇÖs Chief Executive Andrew Altman.
ΓÇ£The Broadcast and Press Centres are fundamental to this through the creation of opportunities for businesses and the communities living nearby.
“As we did with the Olympic Stadium, we want to bring interested parties to the table and understand how their proposals can fit in with our vision to create an employment district.”
Securing an anchor tenant for this office space is a key part of the Legacy CompanyΓÇÖs wider plans for the Olympic Park post 2012, with housing, schools, health centres and office space all part of the mix in that will help validate the financial outlay of the games.
Additional developments featuring office space taking place around the approaching Olympics include ΓÇ£Stratford CityΓÇ¥ from shopping centre giants Westfield ΓÇô a scheme that will not only place EuropeΓÇÖs largest shopping centre at the hub of London games but also generate the potential for 1.1m sq. ft. of prime office space directly between Stratford tube station and the East London Olympic Park.