Exclusive: BBC shelves media centre move, new tenants lined up …

I have written a couple of news pieces that I think are of significance for the Olympic Park in legacy. The first one is to do with the unnamed broadcaster that has been flirting seriously with a move into the broadcast element of the media centre for months. Here is the story and it has not at present got the happy ending I think many were hoping for:

The BBC has shelved talks to anchor the 940,000 sq ft London 2012 media centre in Hackney Wick with its Eastenders production after months of secret negotiations, CoStar News can reveal.

Sources familiar with the situation said that The Olympic Park Legacy Company, which is responsible for the centre post Games, has been holding off officially marketing the centre in anticipation of a deal to house the broadcaster in a large slice of the 640,000 sq ft broadcast element of the £355m complex. The talks are understood to have in part revolved around moving the Eastenders production from Elstree in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire to a home in the east end.

However, it is understood that the BBC has now intimated it will not be able to commit in the medium-term to the centre.

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About Paul Norman's Olympics blog

News Editor of CoStar News, a commercial property news service. Regular blogger on the London 2012 Olympics and what it means for property and the the regeneration of East London
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