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The quarterly digital publication on UK & London 2012 Olympic Games Construction Activities

  November2009
 

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London 2012 Olympic Games
The Master Plan

 

Apart from the London 2012 Olympic Games' organizers, the many contractors, engineers, planners, architects and other suppliers are well aware of the fact that there can be no over-running of schedules. The date and time for the opening ceremony have already been set and the stadium and associated facilities just have to be ready.

London City Council is also aware that the eyes of the world will be on London and that the planned development of infrastructures to facilitate the rapid movement of people around London during the Games also needs to be working efficiently.

In January 2008, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) issued a detailed description of the scale of works to deliver the venues and infrastructure needed and the legacy benefits the large-scale investment will bring.

The scope of works the ODA will carry out on the Olympic Park and at venues around the country is twice the size of Heathrow’s Terminal 5 to be delivered in half the time.

The challenges and benefits of the project include:

  • The biggest construction site in Europe creating thousands of new jobs with a peak site workforce of 9,000.
  • 2.5 km² of brownfield land to be remediated – the equivalent size of Hyde Park.
  • Transforming previously contaminated land into 110 ha of new open space.
  • 4,000 new homes.
  • More than 30 new bridges, 20 km of roads and 8 km of revitalised waterways.
  • 5 permanent new world-class venues.
  • A 121,000 m² of legacy employment space in the media centre – the equivalent size to Canary Wharf tower.
  • Tens of kilometres of new utility networks providing electricity, heat, water, sewerage and gas to the legacy communities.
  • 20% of energy requirements will be supplied by on-site renewable energy infrastructure.
  • ODA Chief Executive, David Higgins, said: "Delivering the venues and infrastructure needed for 2012 will be a hugely challenging project and the scale of works are matched only by the enormous legacy benefits they will deliver.


Future Legacy

It has always been the objective of the organizers to leave a positive legacy for the community after the games. The Olympic Park will provide parklands with more than 100 hectares of free to access public open space. Not only will there be the sporting facilities but venues for social and cultural activities.

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