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Laing O'Rourke wins £100m Olympic press centre conversion

Laing O’Rourke has won a £100m deal to convert the Olympic press centre into a centre for digital businesses and training.

The Here East scheme is being developed by iCity, which is a joint venture between property company Delancy and data centre firm Infinity SDC.

Here East confirmed that Laing O’Rourke is preferred bidder for the deal subject to further negotiations. It said construction should start later this year.

The project involves converting the press and broadcast centre buildings to contain a data centre, auditorium, offices, studios and training space on the site.

Here East chief executive Gavin Poole said: “We can confirm that Laing O’Rourke have been selected as preferred contractor, subject to further negotiations, for the development of Here East on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

“Laing O’Rourke recognises our commitment to local employment and apprenticeships throughout the construction phase building on the success of the transformation of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

“We look forward to working with Laing O’Rourke with a view to finalise terms ahead of beginning construction work on site later this year.”

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