The IBC/MPC is located in the Main Media Complex in the north-west corner of the Olympic Park, and combines an innovative mixture of permanent and temporary elements during the Games.
It has been designed to be as flexible as possible to accommodate a range of potential tenants and uses after the Games.
During the Games the IBC will include a 12,000 sq m catering village serving 50,000 meals per day. There will also be a 200m-long High Street between the MPC and IBC featuring outlets such as banks, newsagents, travel agents and a post office.
The MPC includes 29,000sq m of ‘green’ office space with four storeys of workspace for journalists and photographers during the Games. It has an innovative design that enables the building to be adapted after the Games for either a single tenant in the whole building or on each floor, as well as multiple tenants on each floor. The MPC includes state-of-the-art utilities, power and digital connectivity during and after the Games.
A Media Transport Mall providing a coach drop-off, car parking, accreditation and security screening during the Games will provide car parking spaces to tenants after 2012, alongside walking, cycling and public transport connections.
After the Games, the facilities will create more than 80,000sq m of business space with the potential to generate thousands of new jobs. The London Development Agency has been leading the legacy planning for the Olympic Park site. This work will now be taken forward by the new Olympic Park Legacy Company.
It took just ten weeks to build the 4,500-tonne steel structure of the IBC, which was completed in September 2009.