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FCC commences construction of Media Centre for London 2012 Olympic Games


FCC commences construction of Media Centre for London 2012 Olympic Games

With less than a year for the celebration of the upcoming Olympics, FCC has commenced construction of the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC) for broadcasting the media during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics games.
FCC commences construction of Media Centre for London 2012 Olympic Games

With this project, FCC becomes the only Spanish company to build infrastructures to host the Olympic event in the British capital next year. In total, the organization of the London Olympics and Paralympics figure at more than 40,000 companies involved in the development, with a budget of 6 billion pounds (7 billion euro) for the Games infrastructure construction and supply contracts.

FCC will design, build and maintain during the Games the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC), including interior design and finishings, and demolish the facility after the event.

The Media Centre will be built by a team of at most 300 and construction will be completed by 30 April 2012, almost three months before the Games begin. The Centre, which will have a total floor area of 56,000 m2, will provide workspace for over 20,000 communications professionals from all over the world.

The opening and closing ceremonies, scheduled for 27 July and 12 August, respectively, will be major media events. According to the U.S. market research firm Nielsen Company, 4.4 billion people worldwide tuned in to the 2008 Olympic Games in China, a record which the London Games are expected to surpass.

Stadiums for Euro 2012
FCC has extensive experience in building infrastructure for major sports events. Its subsidiary Alpine recently completed construction of the PGE Arena Danzig, in Poland, for the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship.

The stadium, which is one of the largest in Poland, seats 44,000 and will host several matches in the Euro 2012, including the quarterfinals. The PGE Arena has a distinctive amber colour, an indirect reference to Danzig and the fabled colour from the Baltic Sea.

Standing on a 34 hectare site, the stadium is 236 metres long and 203 metres wide, with 40 VIP suites spanning more than 2,000 square metres. Its multifunctional design will enable it to host all kinds of sporting and cultural events. The Citizen Services Group was awarded the 96 million euro stadium construction contract in early 2009.

Other stadiums built by FCC include the Allianz Arena in Munich, site of the inauguration of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and the Dubai Cricket Stadium. In Spain, FCC has built the El Sardinero Stadium in Santander, the Cornellá-El Prat Stadium in Barcelona and the Real Madrid City training facilities in Valdebebas, among others. It has also refurbished the Santiago Bernabéu, Vicente Calderón and Nou Camp stadiums.