Media companies have been invited to bid to move into the £300m 2012 Olympic press and broadcast centre once the Games are over.
During the Games, the centre will be used by more than 20,000 journalists.
The Olympic Park Legacy Company, which will manage planning and development of the park after the Games, said that interested parties would have nine weeks to submit their proposals.
Since the media centre’s location borders Hackney where some of the worst riots occurred recently, organisers are hoping media companies will provide jobs and help regeneration in the area.
However, some experts have expressed concern that the million square foot Olympic site may prove too large to be fully utilised once the Games are over.
Businesses were invited to register expressions of interest in September last year, and 45 organisations did so, including creative, media, retail, cultural, construction, education, public, real estate, entertainment and leisure companies.
Speaking about the bid invitation, mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe said, “It has been our vision for some time to see the site used for the expansion of the creative and digital industries which are already thriving in Hackney, and we are pleased that there has already been significant interest from these sectors,” Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe said in a statement.”
The broadcast centre offers 95,000 sq ft of office space over five floors and 575,000 sq ft of commercial space over two floors.
The five-storey press centre provides about 317,000 sq ft of prime office space with the potential for retail uses on the ground floor.
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