International Broadcasting Centre

Location Stratford, London, UK
Services Building services engineering
Sector Lifestyle, Workplace 
Client FFC Elliott
Architect Househam Henderson
Imagery © Edmund Sumner/View

Adrian Roche

T +44 (0)20 7438 1600

London was at the centre of global media attention during the 2012 Summer Olympics. The International Broadcasting Centre (IBC) accommodated more than 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and journalists during the Games. The IBC proved fundamental to the spectacular success of London 2012, having been the centre of operations for the Olympic Broadcasting Service (OBS) as well as the main hub for RHBs (Rights Holding Broadcasters).

The IBC is one of Olympic Park's largest venues: the building hosted 10,000 people from 100 countries during the Games, with significant numbers of support staff on site from January 2012. It now aims to become a high-tech creative hub to benefit the capital for years to come. The centre was designed to accommodate a range of potential tenants.

At the centre of the building, the OBS Technical Studio acts as the main node for gathering and distribution of media signals from the Olympic venues and 270 cameras distributed around London. The building is split into 12 zones, with an American broadcaster taking two of these zones. There are a further 23 RHBs, some of whom are unions formed of smaller or same nationality broadcasters, totaling around 110 broadcasting organisations.

Cundall was responsible for validation of the base build systems and the design of the 50,000m² technical and studio fit-out of the building for the broadcasters. Cundall also provided support during the Games and the decant phase of the project.

The Games ended with the US topping the final medal table with 46 golds, followed by China with 38 golds. Team GB came third with 29 golds, making it their best tally since 1908. The opening and closing ceremonies were both spectacular showcases of the UK at its best.