By Tom Degun

main press_centre_16-12-11December 18 - There has been significant interest from companies in taking over the Main Press Centre (MPC) (pictured) and International Broadcast Centre (IBC) with the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) revealing that ten companies have bid to be significant tenants of the venues.

The two giant facilities offer around one million square foot of flexible business space on the Olympic Park in Stratford and will house thousands of the world's best accredited print and broadcast journalists during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The MPC and IBC are adjacent to the creative district of Hackney Wick and within the newly named East Wick.

The ten competing companies have put forward a variety of bids ranging from the minimum occupation of one floor in either building to the complete take up of each building on long leases.

The shortlist of bidders will be released in the New Year.

Meanwhile, there has also been substantial interest in becoming the development partner for Chobham Manor, which is the first residential neighbourhood that will be developed on the Olympic Park after the Games.

A dozen high profile developers came with bids for the neighbourhood, which will have around 800 homes, with 70 per cent of these set to offer family housing.

Construction will begin in 2013 with the first homes being ready in 2015.

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"We have received an extremely strong response to the Press and Broadcast Centre (pictured) and Chobham Manor opportunities," said OPLC chief executive Andrew Altman.

"Such market interest in the current economic climate is testament to the private sector's confidence in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

"Our plans for the Olympic Park after the Games are more advanced than any other Olympic host city and we will continue this pace by appointing tenants and a development partner before the 2012 Games have even started."

Progress to secure the future of the OPLC's other venues continues to gather pace with the upcoming appointment of operators for the Aquatics Centre, the Handball Arena, the ArcelorMittal Orbit.

Shortly the OPLC will also open the bidding process for organisations interested in becoming tenants and occupants of the Olympic Stadium with West Ham being the favourites to secure the venue.

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