Here East

The former Press and Broadcast Centres for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is today Here East. This major development builds on the creative and entrepreneurial heritage of Hackney Wick to create a thriving innovation campus. Global businesses and scaling companies work side by side with top universities, research institutes and world-class creative institutions to create a unique environment for the 4,000 people – and growing – who call it home everyday.

From BT Sport – who have broadcasted from the site since 2013 – to one person businesses based at Here East’s low-cost creative workspace provided by The Trampery, it really is a mix of innovation and opportunity.

Loughborough University LondonUCL and Staffordshire University are among the top class educational institutions attracted to the campus. 

Plexal is Here East’s innovation centre and co-working space. Collaboration is at the heart of its approach. Plexal’s innovation team delivers programmes for clients like Innovate UK and Transport for London, and specialises in connecting industry, academia, investors, startups and scaleups to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society.

Commercial spaces of all sizes are available at Here East. 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 – 11pm Monday – Friday, and every 15 minutes on Saturday 9am – 6pm (driver break 1pm – 2pm) and 7am – 9pm on Premier League match days (driver break 11am – 12noon).

 

Canalside at Here East

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