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Photos: Offered - two Olympic Park buildings, one careful owner. Would suit tech companies

New tenants sought for London 2012 Press and Broadcast Centres for after the games...
By Jo Best, Contributor
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New tenants sought for London 2012 Press and Broadcast Centres for after the games...

After the London 2012 Olympic Games have finished, the athletes have gone home and the camera crews have taken down their kit, the Olympic Park will need new occupants.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) is the body in charge of finding new uses for the buildings that remain once the event is over and companies to make them their home.

The OPLC this month put out a formal call for businesses wanting to move in to the Press and Broadcast Centres, which comprise one million square feet of space between them. Technology, digital, new media and creative businesses are among those the organisation would like to see take up residence in the park.

An impression of how the two buildings could look after the games is shown above.

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Inside the Olympic Park press centre

The Press Centre, shown here, will be home to 20,000 journalists for the duration of the games. Post-Olympics, its 317,000 square feet will be made available as office space for around 2,000 workers.

The OPLC is looking for businesses to take on "significant chunks" of the Press and Broadcast Centres, according to an OPLC spokeswoman, on either a short or long-term lease.

The OPLC has already been in discussions with developers and fashion technology companies about the future of the buildings, she added.

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Press and Broadcast Centres at the olympic park

The Press and Broadcast Centres are the two buildings in the foreground shown above.

As for what type of businesses are expected to move in to the Olympic Park, the OPLC is keeping its options open.

"We have to be open-minded," the OPLC spokeswoman said. "We don't want to end up with two empty buildings."

However, those hoping to call the Olympic Park home will need to conform to certain criteria.

"[Tenants] could be anyone, but we have a vision. If someone wanted to make it into a storage yard, that wouldn't fit our vision," she said.

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the view from the Press Centre over Hackney

One element of the vision for the site is that it will house an accelerator space for technology startups. The decision to develop an accelerator space on the site was mooted as part of the government's Tech City initiative - a plan announced last year to boost the cluster of digital and technology companies in East London.

"We very much want to see that move on space here," Jules Pipe, mayor of Hackney, said.

The OPLC is also willing to act as a broker for smaller companies which may want office space in the buildings but can't afford to take on a large part of the property themselves.

Shown above is the view from the Press Centre over Hackney.

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Inside the Olympic Park press centre

Although the Press and Broadcast Centres are expected to be ready for their occupants to move into in spring 2013, the latter may require more work. Due to the volume of heat expected to be generated in the centre during the summer games, no heating has been installed, meaning would-be tenants will need to put in their own heating and cooling systems before taking up residence.

Such systems are already installed in the Press Centre, however, and the building is already fitted out almost as tenants will see it when they move in - only the building's carpet tiles have to be laid before it can open for business.

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view from Hackney Wick overground station

The two buildings are around 10 minutes' walk from Hackney Wick overland station - the view from which is shown above, with both the athletics stadium and Anish Kapoor's Orbit sculpture in the background.

Would-be tenants of the Olympic Park have until 2 December to get their bids in with the OPLC. The company expects to be able to announce its preferred bidder or bidders by June next year.

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