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Old July 18th, 2011, 08:42 PM   #2441
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Old July 18th, 2011, 09:36 PM   #2442
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Think its safe to say the temporary stands would have been 100x better if value engineering wasn't taken, twice.
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Old July 19th, 2011, 12:43 AM   #2443
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Old July 19th, 2011, 08:56 PM   #2444
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London Olympics Is on Target to Meet $11.7 Billion Budget, Organizers Say

The final development costs of the London 2012 Olympics will probably decline to 7.25 billion pounds ($11.7 billion), the organizers said today.

The estimate of the final cost is down by 16 million pounds since May, when the last estimate was made, according to an e- mailed statement from the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The cost for the Olympics and the Paralympic Games remains at 9.3 billion, the agency said.

The Olympics will start July 27, 2012. Construction of infrastructure and venues is 88 percent complete, and the baseline budget has been decreased by 870 million pounds since it was set in November 2007, the agency said.

“The people who have worked on the venues have done a remarkable job to deliver top quality facilities in a challenging environment imposed by a fixed deadline and strict budget,” Sports minister Hugh Robertson said in the statement. “They have continued to drive down costs which means we can celebrate one year to go with confidence.”
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Consultants bank £500m for work on Olympic Park

Consultants on the Olympic Park have been paid £500 million before the project is complete, it was revealed today - but the Government also confirmed the Games will come in under budget.

John Armitt, the chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority - the Government's Olympic construction agency - defended the payments to CLM consultants.

He said: "CLM had the opportunity to make a profit on savings and that's what they've done. The ODA had tried to avoid building up a massive staff. If you want something built successfully you have to manage it - it's what leads to successful projects."

In the last of its quarterly budget updates before it is wound up, the ODA said the building project was now 88 per cent complete.

The anticipated final cost of the project fell £16 million in the last quarter to £7.25 billion, and Olympics minister Hugh Robertson forecast for the first time that the Games would come in under budget. It is an about-turn for Mr Robertson, who was a fierce critic when the Labour government quadrupled the bid-time budget from £2.4 billion to £9.3 billion.

He said: "The ODA and their contractors have done a remarkable job to deliver top quality facilities in a challenging environment imposed by a fixed deadline and strict budget. They have continued to drive down costs which means we can celebrate one year to go with confidence and a real sense of excitement and expectation."

Five venues are now complete and the Aquatic Centre will soon be completed and unveiled.

Mr Robertson added that turmoil in the Metropolitan Police would not compromise Olympic security. He said: "The crucial thing about London 2012 security is that the lead is (assistant chief commissioner) Chris Allison. He has produced a steep change in the Met's approach to London 2012 and he is still leading the security today."
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Old July 21st, 2011, 05:11 PM   #2448
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McDonald's Olympic restaurant will be biggest in the world

The busiest and biggest McDonald's is the world will be within the Olympic park in London, when it opens for business next summer, seating 1,500 customers.

The fast food company is a long-standing sponsor of the Olympics, and as a result has a monopoly on all the catering outlets within the Olympic park in Stratford, east London. Though it is understood the company will sublet some of the venues to other companies in a bid to assuage fears from British consumers that the only meals they can buy in the park is fast food.

McDonald's is building four new restaurants at the park, with the flagship outlet seating 1,500 customers, ten times the average size of a restaurant in Britain. It will be 30,000 square feet, trumping its current biggest store in Orlando, Florida.

One restaurant will be in the Athletes' village, which is likely to attract criticism, though Usain Bolt, the 100m gold medal holder, is famously a fan of chicken nuggets. During the month of the games it will become the busiest of the company's 30,000 restaurants in the world, temporarily taking over the Pushkin Square outlet in Moscow.

The company estimates that it will sell 1.75m meals at the four Olympic outlets during the month of the games. This will work out at about one in four people visiting the Olympic park buying a McDonald's. It usually sells about 72.5m across its 1,200 outlets in the UK. During the 2008 Beijing games it sold 1.25m meals at the Olympic park.

Jill McDonald, the chief executive of McDonald’s UK, said: “To be involved in the greatest sporting event on earth is hugely exciting and we are delighted to be able to celebrate one year to go by showcasing these plans.”

“Visiting McDonald’s is fun and the design and graphics in these restaurants will take that to new heights. We want everyone who visits our Olympic Park restaurants to have the best possible customer experience and are confident that the look and feel of these cutting-edge designs will provide that environment.”
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McDonald's makes 2012 Olympics pledge to create the biggest and busiest Big Mac diner

Fast-food firm plans to break its record and build the world's largest McDonald's at the Games site in Stratford, east London.

It might not quite have been what Pierre de Coubertin had in mind when he coined the "faster, higher, stronger" motto of the modern Olympics. But the world's largest fast-food chain is using the Games in London next year as a pretext to break its own records; it has announced plans to open the world's biggest, and busiest, McDonald's restaurant on the Stratford site.

Metres from where famous athletes will strain every sinew to win their medals, up to 1,500 people will be able to dine in the biggest McDonald's yet built. The two-storey, 3,000 sq-metre, diner will be one of four McDonald's restaurants built in and near the Olympics park in east London. There will be two public eateries, one in the athlete's village, one in the media centre.

The firm insists there is no discrepancy between the Games' ideals and its plans to serve 1.75m of its meals during the 29 days of the Olympics and Paralympics.

The food chain's UK chief executive, Jill McDonald, said: "To be involved in the greatest sporting event on earth is hugely exciting … We want everyone who visits our Olympics park restaurants to have the best possible customer experience, and are confident that the look and feel of these cutting-edge designs will provide that environment."

McDonald's is a long-standing sponsor of the Olympics and the World Cup, with its exclusive deals ensuring it is the only branded restaurant on site.

But its presence is bound to attract protests from those who feel the Games should not be so closely associated with potentially unhealthy food brands.

The London organising committee will say that it relies on its own domestic sponsors, who have raised £700m, and the International Olympic Committee's 11 backers, to find two-thirds of its £2bn Games budget. The organisers promise a wide range of food available at the Olympics park, including from local suppliers. But it will all have to be unbranded, with only official sponsors afforded the right to have their names on the food they sell.

McDonald's is expected to use the Games to try to highlight its "corporate social responsibility". It has been involved in the recruitment of 70,000 Games volunteers and has pledged re-use of the furniture, refrigeration plants and other equipment in its other UK restaurants after the Olympics.
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Old July 21st, 2011, 09:16 PM   #2449
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MacDonalds...Sport, does anyone else see the contradiction? (if not watch the film 'supersize me'
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I know, it's ironic. But if they think it'll be profitable, they couldn't care less about that. It's business as usual.
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Old July 22nd, 2011, 06:06 PM   #2451
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It happens. There is a McDonald's next to the Cape Town Stadium. It was fully operational during last years 2010 FIFA World Cup, and as you can imagine, it still does very well.
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MacDonalds...Sport, does anyone else see the contradiction? (if not watch the film 'supersize me'
Not really. It's all chemicals. And besides, you can lose weight eating Big Macs. The problem is that people simply eat too much and move too little.
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Old July 22nd, 2011, 09:19 PM   #2453
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MacDonalds...Sport, does anyone else see the contradiction? (if not watch the film 'supersize me'
Nope, I think you're the only one who has spotted that there is a contradiction between the Olympics, which is meant to represent the peak of athleticism and McDonalds, the fast food chain linked by most to the modern notion of "unhealthy food".

Honestly though, what else was ever going to go there.
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Old July 23rd, 2011, 12:03 AM   #2454
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Old July 24th, 2011, 06:36 PM   #2456
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I saw taht film. Almost uncanny! I don't aet anymore "junk food"... However, I see the contradiction McDonald's and sports but it's an olympic partner
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McDonalds, an Olympic sponsor. Four of their restaurants are to be built in the Olympic Park, one of which is to be as big as the Rock n Roll McDonald's in Chicago?
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Old July 25th, 2011, 11:45 AM   #2460
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Those not inside the UK or EU may not know how health aware mcdonalds are over here. Although unhealthy, they are actively promoting balanced diets and have introduced a lot of alternatives. Meat quality has improved a lot and vegetables such as tomatoes are fresh in most options.

Now back onto the Olympic park..
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