Awards Firms Sought Deliver Olympic Park Legacy After 2012 Games

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is looking for contractors to help transform the Olympic Park following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Olympic Park venues and infrastructure are on track to be ready for test events ahead of the Games, and legacy plans are in place. Contractors are now being sought to carry out the agreed-upon plans to transform the parklands, infrastructure, and venues not covered by existing contracts for long-term use following the Games.

The Olympic Park will be handed over to the legacy owners, primarily the Olympic Park Legacy Company and the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, once the ODA’s legacy transformation is completed.

“We are on track to complete the Olympic Park venues, infrastructure, and parklands in time for London 2012, and we are putting in place a team to transform them for their legacy use after the Games,” said ODA director of design and regeneration Alison Nimmo.

“Legacy was at the heart of London’s 2012 bid, and seventy-five pence of every pound spent cleaning up what was a former industrial area and creating the Olympic Park is an investment in east London’s regeneration.” The venues, sports facilities, parklands, allotments, roads, bridges, footpaths, cycle paths, energy and utility networks will form the foundation of this part of London’s long-term development for future generations.”

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is advertising two opportunities to deliver the Olympic Park legacy transformation, one for the park’s south and one for the park’s north, which include:

  • Completing the 250-acre legacy parklands to create the UK’s largest urban public park in over a century, including wetlands, woods, meadows, heathland, lawns, riverside gardens, frog ponds, and 250 benches and seating throughout the Park.
  • Providing legacy cycling facilities in the Velopark, including minor internal improvements to the Velodrome, building a one-mile closed-road cycle circuit and a 7-kilometer mountain bike track, and modifying the Games-time BMX track.
  • Creating four football fields’ worth of allotments (2.1 hectares).East Marsh football fields are being delivered.
  • Removing innovative temporary elements such as bridges and concourses to create an intimate Park that is well connected internally and with the surrounding area.
  • Removing temporary security infrastructure, expanding parklands, and completing 15 kilometres of cycle and foot paths as well as a road network connecting the Olympic Park to surrounding neighbourhoods.
  • Converting venues and other buildings for legacy use, such as removing temporary external elements from the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) and performing minor internal repairs to the Handball Arena and Velodrome. Existing contracts cover the legacy conversion of the Olympic Stadium, Athletes’ Village, and Aquatics Centre.
  • Taking down temporary security infrastructure, including the perimeter fence.

Last Updated on December 29, 2021

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