iCITY has had its plans for redevelopment of the former Press and Broadcast Centres on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park approved by the London Legacy Development Corporation’s planning committee. This marks a major milestone in the delivery of the Olympic legacy and is another step towards creating a dedicated home for London’s and the world’s most innovative companies. You can view the press release on the announcement here and our exciting images illustrating the designs here.
iCITY has also revealed that the development will be named Here East, supporting the UK’s flourishing digital and creative industries. It will include a range of versatile spaces, bringing together global companies with London’s most innovative start-ups to collaborate and learn from each other.
Here East will partner with Hackney House, Hackney Council’s award-winning alternative trade mission, during ‘South by Southwest Interactive’ in Austin, Texas between the 7th and 10th March 2014, where it will showcase its plans to support London’s fast-growing creative and digital community.
Here East will feature three main buildings: a 300,000 sq ft innovation centre; a 1,045 seat auditorium; and a 850,000 sq ft building housing educational space, broadcast studios, office space, and a state-of-the-art data centre.
It will create over 7,500 jobs, including 5,300 directly on-site and a further 2,200 in the local community. Here East will be a new community destination for east London, featuring a public area and landscaped canal side, with artisanal cafes, shops and restaurants.
Here East is being developed by iCITY, a joint venture between Delancey, a specialist real estate investment and advisory company, and Infinity SDC, the UK’s leading data centre operator.
EducationEducation and skills are at the heart of iCITY. Hackney Community College will provide the UK’s first digital apprentices, with the necessary skills to take advantage of the new jobs in the digital economy. Loughborough University will provide a new research centre for postgraduate studies linking culture, business, sport, exercise and health.
EmploymentiCITY will create more than 7,500 jobs on site and in the local community, providing routes into employment for local people and a local legacy of jobs, skills and economic growth.
EnterpriseiCITY will provide low-cost space with unrivalled infrastructure. Incubator and accelerator space will be provided by TechHub and Space Studios, helping start-up businesses to develop, grow and succeed. iCITY will add £340m to the local economy, and £460m in GDP to the national economy.
EnvironmentThe environment at iCITY will promote collaboration and innovation. It will bring together start-ups, established businesses, venture capitalists and academia in one place to share knowledge and expertise.
iCITY offers the most advanced digital infrastructure in Europe, with almost unlimited bandwidth connectivity and the highest capacity power. The scale, cost and quality of space available makes iCITY the UK’s premier destination for digital and creative companies. The infrastructure will be supported by London’s largest data centre delivered by Infinity SDC.
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 convention centre
iCITY is working closely with East London organisations and community leaders to develop employment and leisure opportunities for local people. It will provide new facilities and exciting spaces for the community to socialise, host events and enjoy the Olympic Park.
We have just held a consultation with the local community. If you want to learn more about the consultation click the link below, and contact us if you have any queries about the project.
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