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Olympic Legacy Co wants Google-style complex built after Games

24 Sep 10 The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) wants a Google-style digital complex developed on the site after 2012.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) wants a Google-style digital complex developed on the site after 2012.

The organisation, charged with finding long-term uses for the Olympic venues after the Games, has invited bidders to submit plans for the 90,000 sq m media centre.

It has given just nine weeks to submit proposals for a business district encompassing offices, studios, culture spaces, and education facilities.

The OPLC said it was open to suggestions, but believes the best prospect is to convert the high-tech communications facilities, which will cater for 20,000 media staff during the Games, into a digital and media district similar to the Googleplex complex in California.

Andrew Altman, chief executive, told the Financial Times: “I see it as a district ... a campus-like environment suitable for creative companies which don’t want traditional office buildings.”

The OPLC is currently in discussions with over 100 firms over future plans for the Olympic Stadium.

Its legacy plan envisages the eventual creation of 8,000-10,000 jobs on the Olympic site.

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