Tell us about the early design brief
We were part of the design team process directly employed by the Olympic Delivery Authority to ensure that the contractor for the International Broadcasting Centre and Media press centre complex delivered the works in accordance with the stage D proposals, building legislation and health and safety regulation.
A question that cropped up continuously through the review of the buildings that made up the International Broadcast Centre/Main Press Centre was whether they were permanent or temporary. In the case of the broadcast centre, the main contractor had taken an initial stance that it was temporary. However we argued that where the brief was not clear then it needed to be designed as a permanent structure. As no concrete upstand was cast at the edge of the building at ground floor level that would help prevent ingress of water, it ended up having the longest perimeter French drain we have ever seen built. This decision was even more relevant as it has been one of the first buildings on the Olympic Park to be leased for permanent use.
How did it feel to be involved in such an important British project?
We saw ourselves as part of an important design process to deliver a successful facility to be used by the international press and then along with all the other projects to make a successful London 2012 Games. We always felt it was important for the UK to demonstrate its design and construction abilities to the world and deliver a successful international event on time and on budget.