RPS was appointed to provide designs for the IBC (International Broadcasting Centre), located in the Olympic Park, Stratford ahead of the 2012 games. Housing 49,000m2 of studio and office space, it is 275m long, 104m wide and 22m tall and could house 3 A380 Jets side by side! The 4,500 tonne steel structure was complete in just 10 weeks and incorporates an impressive c.22,500 tonnes of concrete. Throughout the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics it housed the world’s TV media of around 10,000 broadcasters, journalists and photographers from over 80 nations. A further 10,000 newspaper journalists used the adjacent Media Centre and its facilities. Building Information Modelling played a key part throughout the design stages of this project, creating the opportunity to trial models of the proposed development and experience how the facility would actually appear by transcribing the model into 3D visualisations.
Whilst the Olympic IBC was a high profile prestigious project it was also a challenge, funded by public money in difficult economic times. RPS delivered designs for a huge building to a tight timescale incorporating flexibility for legacy opportunities, at the lowest possible cost. All elements were approved by the Olympic Delivery Authority, local planning authorities and CABE. Considerations for the legacy uses for this facility have proved challenging for all members of design the team and to enhance the appeal to future occupiers post-games the building, was designed to ‘Secured by Design’ standards with the ability to be split if required for added flexibility.
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