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2012 Media Centre - 'a not future proofed insult to Hackney'!

At a meeting of the GLA Olympics Committee Anna Harding, chief executive of Space Studios, criticised the 2012 Media Centre as ‘a darned insult to Hackney’ and said it was outmoded. Regarding finding future occupants she said ‘You don’t need to go around the world looking for an anchor tenant. You can talk to the young people of Hackney.’

Others were not so keen on this suggestion and wanted to find some institution like a university, the British Film Institute or the Royal Opera House to take over the facility.

But its location may be a problem. John Burton, director of developer Westfield’s Stratford City project, thought the Centre was too far from Stratford and Hackney railway stations.

Charlie Forman, chief officer of the 2012 Olympic Games for Hackney Council, devised a new formula to describe its uncertain future saying ‘it was not as future proofed as we would have liked’.


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