Laing O’Rourke bags £150m Olympic media centre scheme


Laing O’Rourke bags £150m Olympic media centre scheme

It is been understood that Laing O’Rourke has won the £150m contract to convert the London Olympic media and broadcast centre into a tech hub.


The firm has come first in the competition with Mace and Carillion to take the job.


The Here East scheme, formerly known as iCity, incorporates one million square feet of space, most of which will be used by digital businesses.


The design of the scheme was executed by architect Hawkins/Brown for developer Here East - a joint venture between Delancey and data centre operator Infinity SDC.


The finished site 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.


Gavin Poole, chief executive of Here East, said: “We can confirm that Laing O’Rourke have been selected as preferred contractor, subject to further negotiations, for the development of Here East on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.”


“Laing O’Rourke recognise our commitment to local employment and apprenticeships throughout the construction phase building on the success of the transformation of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park.”


The London Legacy Development Corporation has a given its full consent to the development plans. The construction works are expected to begin the summer of this year.


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