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Here East

A new digital quarter for east London, the former Press and Broadcast Centres for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games become Here East. This major new development builds on the creative and entrepreneurial heritage of Hackney Wick to create a thriving commercial space providing more than 7,500 jobs on site and in the local community.

Here East will use the connectivity and facilities created for the Press and Broadcast Centre during the Games, and build on this to offer the most advanced digital infrastructure in Europe. This will be augmented by the creation of London’s largest data centre by Infinity SDC.

A number of key tenants are already in place, such as BT Sport, who began broadcasting from the site in August 2013 from a new, state of the art 80,000 square foot production hub and studios.  

Commercial spaces of all sizes are available at low cost for companies looking to take advantage of Here East’s infrastructure and TechHub and Space Studios will be working with start-up and growth businesses to provide incubator and accelerator space on site. 

Here East will also act as a training ground for new talent – with Hackney Community College providing the UK’s first digital apprentices and Loughborough University in London creating a new research centre for postgraduate studies across culture, business, sport, exercise and health.

The development is currently in the planning stages, with a full proposal currently submitted for approval. Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2014, with Loughborough University in London, Hackney Community College and Infinity SDC moving in from 2015 and the entire Here East cluster fully operational by 2018.

Here East was formerly known as iCITY.

At a glance

  • Data centre (250,000 sq ft)
  • Broadcast and production (120,000 sq ft)
  • Educational space (70,000 sq ft)
  • Office space (300,000 - 400,000 sq ft)
  • Studio and accelerator space (50,000 - 100,000 sq ft)
  • Amenities (50,000 sq ft)
  • 1,000 seat auditorium
  • 5,300 jobs created on site
  • 2,200 jobs created in the local community
  • Hackney Wick Overground station eight minutes walk away

During the Games

  • Overlooking the Lee Navigation Canal in the north west of the Park, the Press and Broadcast Centre hosted the world’s media during the London 2012 Games  
  • It was formed of two buildings – the 275 metre long International Broadcast Centre (IBC) and the Main Press Centre (MPC), with a ‘high street’ running between the two and a 700-seat auditorium for journalist briefings
  • In total, the buildings catered for 20,000 journalists covering the Games for an estimated audience of more than four billion people worldwide
  • Before the Games, this area was the site of Hackney Wick Stadium, a former greyhound racing and speedway track that opened in 1932 and went out of business in 1997. The derelict building was acquired and demolished by the London Development Agency in 2003
  • Its use during the Games, and subsequent conversion into a thriving commercial district, ties it back into the wider Hackney Wick area, which has long been known for its creative and industrial heritage