On time, within budget and with an excellent safety record, – that’s the achievement by all involved in construction of the iconic London 2012 Olympic Games main stadium in a futuristic new parkland that has been recovered to a large extent from contaminated industrial wastelands.
Chairman of the IOC Athletes’ Commission and Olympian Frank Fredericks, Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) chairman John Armitt, London 2012 chair Seb Coe and 400 m hurdles 2012 hopeful Tasha Danvers recently laid the last piece of turf on the Olympic Stadium’s field of play, marking the completion of construction on the flagship venue. IOC Coordination Commission Chairman Denis Oswald and IOC Executive Director Gilbert Felli also took part, alongside local schoolchildren from the ODA’s Construction Crew.
Construction started on the Olympic Stadium just under three years ago in May 2008 and has been completed on time, under budget and with an exemplary safety record. Over 240 UK businesses have won contracts for the construction of the Stadium and over 5,250 people have worked on the project over the past three years.
The final surface of the running track will be laid later this year by LOCOG. This is to ensure it is protected during the programme of temporary overlay including work for ceremonies which may need cranes in the field of play and could damage the track.