Here East

The digital quarter for east London, the former Press and Broadcast Centres for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is today Here East. 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 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 in London creating a new research centre for postgraduate studies across culture, business, sport, exercise and health.

The development is currently in the planning stages, with a full proposal currently submitted for approval. Construction on site has begun, with Loughborough University in London, Hackney Community College and Infinity SDC moving in from later this year and the entire Here East cluster fully operational by 2018.

You can explore all the offerings at Here East with the free shuttle bus service. This is now available with allocated pick up points to and from Stratford City and Stratford International stations and Here East, running every 5 minutes from 7am 10.30pm, Monday Friday.

Canalside at Here East

In spring 2016, Here East unveiled its exciting new retail destination, Canalside. Located on the banks of the Lee Canal, Canalside offers a hub of independent cafés, bars and restaurants and is the perfect spot for a drink or a bite to eat. Find out more here.

    • BT Sport: the sports broadcast channel launched in August 2013
    • Hackney Community College: working in partnership with Here East, on the redevelopment of the Park, to bring local talent and companies together; to organise training and placements, and to create greater opportunities
    • Loughborough University: specialists in world-leading research and business-led education, and with a reputation of fusing technology and sport, this will be a multi-disciplinary postgraduate teaching, research and enterprise facility.
    • Data centre (250,000 sq ft)
    • Broadcast and production (120,000 sq ft)
    • Educational space (70,000 sq ft)
    • Office space (300,000 - 400,000 sq ft)
    • Studio and accelerator space (50,000 - 100,000 sq ft)
    • Amenities (50,000 sq ft)
    • 1,000 seat auditorium
    • 5,300 jobs created on site
    • 2,200 jobs created in the local community
    • Hackney Wick Overground station eight minutes walk away


    • Overlooking the Lee Navigation Canal in the north west of the Park, the Press and Broadcast Centre hosted the world’s media during the London 2012 Games  
    • It was formed of two buildings – the 275 metre long International Broadcast Centre (IBC) and the Main Press Centre (MPC), with a ‘high street’ running between the two and a 700-seat auditorium for journalist briefings
    • In total, the buildings catered for 20,000 journalists covering the Games for an estimated audience of more than four billion people worldwide
    • Before the Games, this area was the site of Hackney Wick Stadium, a former greyhound racing and speedway track that opened in 1932 and went out of business in 1997. The derelict building was acquired and demolished by the London Development Agency in 2003
    • Its use during the Games, and subsequent conversion into a thriving commercial district, ties it back into the wider Hackney Wick area, which has long been known for its creative and industrial heritage