London,
16
July
2012
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00:00
Europe/London

Hackney welcomes ICity announcement - Olympic Media Centres legacy is on track for success.

Hackney’s elected Mayor Jules Pipe has welcomed the decision of the London Legacy Development Company to select the ICity consortium as the preferred bidder for the tenancy of the Olympic media centres in Hackney Wick.

The ICity bid proposes the creation of a digital business hub in the International Broadcast and Main Press Centres, with the potential to create 6,500 local jobs.  

Mayor Pipe, who has led the campaign for a high quality employment legacy from the 1 million square foot campus, said:
 
"The selection of ICity as the preferred bidder for the tenancy of the Broadcast and Press centres is a huge step forward in the realisation of Hackney’s Olympic legacy ambitions. Hackney Council’s vision has always been that these buildings should be a hub for digital and creative industries, and create high-end local jobs, and this decision is a vote of confidence in that vision.
 
"Hackney is committed to working with ICity over the next few months to support them in achieving the conditions set out by the board and secure thousands of jobs for Hackney."  
 
Mayor Pipe described the decision as ‘a once in a lifetime opportunity’ for digital and creative business and investors.  He said:
 
"The site has some of the best digital connections in the UK and huge amounts of affordable work space in an area where creative business already thrives. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for businesses to join get in at the beginning, and be a part of London’s Olympic legacy."