Hi-Tech Cloud hub to be part of #London2012 Olympic legacy

Cloud computing will be a part of the 2012 Olympic legacy when the dedicated media centre is turned into a London City cloud hub following the games.

The £295m ($461m) Main Press Centre and International Broadcasting Centre at the Olympic Park in East London contains over 31,000 square metres of office space and includes a number of hi-tech facilities such as 1,300 internet ports with fibre optic cabling.

The highly connected building is in close proximity to the key business district of Canary Warf.

iCITY, a joint venture between data centre firm Infinity and property company Delances, has emerged as preferred bidder for the project, and says it will turn the site into  a world-class centre of innovation and enterprise to deliver a lasting legacy, creating over 6600 new jobs in and around the area.

The bidding process, in which there was one other final contender, came to an acrimonious end this week when that contender, the UK Fashion Hub (UKFH) consortium, pulled out of the running, claiming that the process had not been transparent and iCITY’s bid had been favoured throughout.

"Press coverage over the past two days has reported leaks that suggest a decision has already been taken to appoint iCITY as the preferred bidder, despite the LLDC board meeting scheduled for 17 July to make that decision,” said UKFH in a statement.

In a statement, UKFH said that leaks to the press had indicated that a decision had already been made before the final LLDC board meeting  planned for Tuesday 17 July.

"This, and other issues, have compounded the unease felt by the UKFH team that the process has not been as transparent as it should be and therefore the decision has been taken to withdraw,” it said.

The new site will host a data centre, media studios, a university, a digital academy and a new business incubator to develop a technology cluster ‘of international significance’.

“This is a unique opportunity to cement Britain’s position as a global leader in innovation and the creative industries,” said Gavin Poole, Chief Executive Officer of iCITY.

“iCITY will provide a sustainable legacy for the local community through the creation of thousands of jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities.”

London Mayor Boris Johnson was typically gung-ho in his praise for the deal. “"With the future for six out of the eight Olympic Park facilities are already secured, it is now particularly encouraging to see on top of that a substantial bid for the Press and Broadcast Centres that we hope will act as a spring board for major job creation and new opportunities for local people,” he said.

"No other host city has been this far advanced with its legacy planning before even the first starting gun has been fired."

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