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A new digital quarter for east London
A new digital quarter for east London, the former Press and Broadcast Centres for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is now 'Here East' (formerly known as iCITY). This major new development builds on the creative and entrepreneurial heritage of Hackney Wick to create a thriving commercial space providing more than 7,500 jobs on site and in the local community.
Here East will use the connectivity and facilities created for the Press and Broadcast Centre during the Games, and build on this to offer the most advanced digital infrastructure in Europe. This will be augmented by the creation of London’s largest data centre by Infinity SDC. A number of key tenants are already in place, such as BT Sport, who began broadcasting from the site in August 2013 from a new, state of the art 80,000 square foot production hub and studios.
Commercial spaces of all sizes are available at low cost for companies looking to take advantage of Here East’s infrastructure and TechHub and Space Studios will be working with start-up and growth businesses to provide incubator and accelerator space on site. Here East will also act as a training ground for new talent – with Hackney Community College providing the UK’s first digital apprentices and Loughborough University creating a new research centre for postgraduate studies across culture, business, sport, exercise and health.
The development was granted planning permission in March 2014. Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2014, with Loughborough University, Hackney Community College and Infinity SDC moving in from 2015 and the entire Here East cluster fully operational by 2018.