Olympic Park Media Centre

Contractor: Carillion

Architect: Allies & Morrison

The Olympic Park Media Centre, designed by Allies & Morrison, was built to cater for over 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and print journalists from around the world – bringing the Olympic Games to an estimated four billion people worldwide. The 275 metre long building formed part of the Main Media Complex. The 24 hour media hub, which also includes the Main Press Centre (MPC) and International Broadcast Centre (IBC), was built by Carillion Plc at a cost of £255 million.

A high street supported both the IBC and MPC, containing dedicated retail, leisure and support services accessed only by accredited press and broadcasters. The complex also included a catering village and multi-storey car park which linked the two main venues via a structure which includes a conference room for up to 700 people. The facilities created just under 900,000 square feet of business space with the potential to generate thousands of new jobs.

The new Media Centre was designed to be as flexible as possible to accommodate a range of potential tenants and uses after the Games. With this in mind Elite worked closely with project architects Allies & Morrison and main contractors Carillion to complement the legacy build with a sustainable range of satin stainless steel ironmongery. designer full door height push plates pierced with almost zero tolerance for statutory signage and cylinder locks which complemented the doors aesthetically. Delivery schedules for a project of this scale are particularly exacting, all of our hardware was individually door packed where applicable. Subsequently the International Broadcast Centre was handed over four months ahead of schedule.