Plans to transform the former press and broadcast centres of the London 2012 Olympic Games into a ‘world-leading creative and digital cluster’’ – which will be known as Here East – have been given a green light by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) , responsible for the regeneration legacy of the 2012 Games,.
The development will comprise of three main buildings: a 300,000 sq ft innovation centre; a 1,000 seat auditorium; and a 850,000 sq ft building housing educational space, broadcast studios, office space, and a state-of-the-art data centre.
The scheme will create 7,500 construction job opportunities, of which more than 5,000 will be on-site technical staff and 2,200 job opportunities will be available for the local community.
According to iCITY, Here East will attract global companies to join the east London's most innovative start-ups under one million square feet of space.
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park accommodates the Olympic and Paralympic venues including the Aquatics Centre, which has recently opened for the public.
The developer has commented on the scheme: “Here East intends to select its preferred contractor in March 2014 with construction work on the former Press and Broadcast Centres beginning in the summer of 2014.”
Gavin Poole, CEO of iCITY, said:“I am delighted that our designs and plans to develop a world-leading cluster for cutting-edge creative and digital companies have been approved.
"As well as creating thousands of jobs and training opportunities, Here East will provide state of the art infrastructure and capacity for the fastest growing sectors of the UK economy to continue their impressive expansion."
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