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London 2012 Construction Well Underway

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Construction started more than a month early on the foundations of the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) for the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games, as well as the large five Olympic Park venues.

Construction on the Olympic Park "big build" foundations is on track with the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and Olympic Village and the foundations of the Velodrome well underway.

This summer work will begin on the steel frame of the IBC. The IBC and Main Press Centre (MPC) will support about 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and journalists communicating the Games to an audience of four billion people worldwide, according to London 2012.

ODA Chief Executive Dave Higgins said, "the ‘big build' is right on track as we make steady progress on the venues and infrastructure needed both for the London 2012 Games and the regenerations of this part of east London.

"The Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and Olympic Village are already taking shape against the skyline and building started earlier this year on the Velodrome. With the start of construction of the IBC/MPC, all of the big five venues on the Olympic Park are now underway".

Sebastian Coe, Chairman of London 2012 said, "this is a significant step towards the provision of the best possible working environment and technology for the 20,000 members of the world's broadcasters, press and photographers in the summer of 2012. Millions of people around the world rely on the international media to relay the stories of human endeavour on the field of play. The impressive facilities we have planned will give us the best possible foundations for telling all the stories from the London 2012 Games whilst leaving high performance workspace for the east of London".

Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell said, "construction of the Olympic site continues to make excellent progress and with work on the media centre now underway the Park is really starting to take shape. The media centre will provide top quality facilities for the thousands of press who will be in London during the Olympic and Paralympic Games beaming the story of the 2012 Games across the world.

"After the Games the media centre will be an exciting new office space with state-of-the-art digital technology, providing a unique opportunity for those looking to be part of the new urban park that will be created in legacy".

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