East London offices at Olympic Broadcast Centre up for grabs
Oxylane Group, UK Fashion Hub and iCITY have been shortlisted to become the long-term tenants of the Olympic Press and Broadcast Centre once the summer's sporting event has finished.

The Broadcast Centre will provide 575,000 sq ft of studio space on two levels and 95,000 sq ft of east London offices across five floors.

In addition, the Press Centre will deliver 317,000 sq ft of offices and the potential for the ground floor to be turned into a retail hub.

Each of the three shortlisted organisations wants to take all of the available space on offer and was picked for its commitment to creating training and employment opportunities in the area.

If selected, the winning firm would be able to move in during spring 2013.

Chief executive of the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) Andrew Altman said: "We have three dynamic bids focused on the creation of thousands of jobs and training opportunities, along with links to Tech City.

"We will now go through their proposals in fine detail to make sure that they can deliver a successful ongoing legacy that will stimulate future commercial interest."

Oxylane Group - which works with Loughborough University - plans to use the Press Centre as a technology and office hub, while the Broadcast Centre would deliver research, education, leisure and events space.

iCITY wants the two buildings to be known as Innovation City, complete with cloud computing, graphic design and digital education facilities. UK Fashion Hub, on the other hand, has proposed to create a fashion and textile manufacturing centre for buyers and wholesalers, along with the establishment of a fashion college and London offices.

The OPLC recently announced that six of the eight permanent Olympic and Paralympic Games venues have had future operators secured for them, with the contracts paving the way for the creation of 410 apprenticeships and 254 full-time jobs.

Posted by Emma Davies

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