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Old May 31st, 2009, 11:30 AM   #1201
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I love all London olympic graphic.
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Old June 1st, 2009, 12:45 PM   #1202
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they'd look so good around town.
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Old June 5th, 2009, 01:01 PM   #1203
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London 2012 athlete's village secures private funding

The London 2012 athlete’s village has secured a last-ditch private finance deal to fund the scheme, just over two weeks after it was announced the project would be fully funded by the taxpayer.


NCE’s sister title Infrastructure Journal (IJ) reports that Barclays and the European Investment Bank (EIB) are on the verge of closing a £500M project for the construction of the London 2012 Olympic village and its eventual transformation into social and affordable housing.

The transaction - which started off life as a property development deal with the private sector taking property risk and involving an element of social housing - is set to close within the next week and has been transformed from a design build contract with Lend Lease to a model that has been described by a source familiar with the project as “a new kind of PPP”.

A private sector deal from Lend Lease and its banking consortium was rejected by ministers in May as it was “not in the best interests of the taxpayer”. Lend Lease and its banking consortium were prepared to invest up to £150M in equity, involving a return to Lend Lease, and £225M of bank debt to finance part of the construction and development costs.

However, since last summer the economic climate has worsened considerably, and Lend Lease required the public sector to carry an increased level of risk on the deal, which ministers rejected.

This left the funding of construction of the village to fall to the Olympic Delivery Authority, which was to invest £342M - £261M comes directly from the contingency fund while £63M - is from savings made elsewhere on the programme contingency fund to back the scheme.

It was also confirmed in May under the public sector package that agreement had been reached in principle that a further £268M would be invested into the Village through the pre-sale deal with Triathlon Homes (a joint venture of East Thames and Southern Housing Group and urban regeneration developer First Base) for the affordable housing element. This funding is separate to the Olympic budget and made up of grant from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and lending from a private sector banking consortium on commercial terms.

The total cost of the village, including £147M of post games development costs, was confirmed as £1.1bn. This was to be funded as follows:

£650M of public investment
£268M of funding for social housing
However, IJ reports that the new £500M private finance deal will see EIB and Barclays provide the debt on a 50:50 basis, with the Triathlon Homes deal for the social housing portion remaining in place. Bovis Lend Lease will build the village on a design and build basis.

After the games, the London Olympic Village Urban Renewal scheme will see the Triathlon Homes JV convert the 1,380 athletes’ flats into social, intermediate and affordable housing.

The project will see the delivery of the following:

17,000 beds for athletes and officials during the Olympic Games
7,500 beds for the Paralympic Games
3,500 new homes to be delivered following the Games, with 30% affordable housing
Over 10ha of open space, including public squares and five new parks


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Old June 6th, 2009, 12:23 PM   #1204
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also just to add, some people on here are trying to compare Beijing and London - lets not forget Beijing's bird nest stadium is sitting empty now without being regularly used. It is a very expensive white elephant, but for a government like China the expense won't matter as much as it would to the British especially when considering the economic climate. the Chinese public literally had no say, whereas in Britain everything has to be accounted for and the public will want to know how much and where the money is being used, it can't be like China where they spent as much money as they wanted. The British public won't have that and We don't want our stadium to be a white elephant like Beijing.
Again, the British never miss any opportunity to bash the Chinese. That is why the British are so hated by the Chinese. British people are very arrogant, disrecpectful and racist people. If you British imperialists do a good job hosting the Olympics, congratulations to you guys. We wonder if there is any need to bash the Chinese to prove that the British are doing a good job preparing for the Olympics. But the UK is going bankrupt anyway because of the huge public debt. Just mind your own business and stop your stupid China bashing.

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Old June 6th, 2009, 12:48 PM   #1205
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Britian is a modern democracy where our political parties that govern are directly elected by the people! The imperial era is over and we have moved on! but if you want to live in the past go for it! but we are looking to the future

In a full democracy the people want to know what the money is being spent on! in a one party state there's no countability as the rulling party
can do as it pleases! ( its in power as long as it likes )

its fact, that 'white elephants' would never be excepted by the British People, and shows that our democracy is working, because
the politicians would be removed in a democratic election.

British people dont want stadium's thats not going to pay its way after the games and want have a real use for the community.
The Cost of the olympics is another issue. Because of theses factors the London olympics will be diffrent from China.

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Old June 6th, 2009, 01:44 PM   #1206
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Old June 6th, 2009, 02:59 PM   #1207
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Old June 6th, 2009, 03:14 PM   #1208
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Construction Ahead For London

The next summer Olympics Games are in London, and at the present time
are ahead with the construction of the new Olympic Stadium.
Chicago one of the bidding cities for the next games after London 2012 are looking at cutting
cost of hosting the Games, and London will be a new bench mark for the games going forward.

The Beijing Games was the last of the traditional games with nations wanting to build large
land mark stadiums to make national statements. London is expected to set new standards of
having temporary stadiums that can be scaled down after games reducing the costs to the tax payer.

The London stadium located in Stratford City is expected to be completed up to a year ahead of the
previous games and the one of the fastest builds, stadium designs of venues in modern Olympic history.

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Old June 6th, 2009, 04:14 PM   #1209
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Again, the British never miss any opportunity to bash the Chinese. That is why the British are so hated by the Chinese. British people are very arrogant, disrecpectful and racist people. If you British imperialists do a good job hosting the Olympics, congratulations to you guys. We wonder if there is any need to bash the Chinese to prove that the British are doing a good job preparing for the Olympics. But the UK is going bankrupt anyway because of the huge public debt. Just mind your own business and stop your stupid China bashing.
I think your mistaking Britain today for the Britain which was around 200 years ago.
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Old June 9th, 2009, 04:07 PM   #1210
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GOD i'm so sick of these anti-British comments! You seem to love to pick and choose your comments on British society and Europe as a whole - you know us being the biggest provider of aid to developing countries, the fact that we spend billions of our own money on helping them! You seem to think that everything is about us being jealous, why would we be? The chinese olympics were amazing, ours will be but in a different way, we don't have a problem with developing countries but being told that we're disrespectful and racist from a country that censors everything and abuses its power on ethnic groups it doesn't like is a farse! Stop telling us that were colonialists - if sure if we wanted to be we'd just go and take it all back rather than aiding democracy, same old argument with China, Zimbabwe and South Asia! How China can point the ethical finger at any European country is crazy, tbh people should stop comparing the two - we are not similar countries and we dont have similar agenda's, therefore our olympics are goin to be different FULL STOP! We want to do things differently- respect that, China did things differently - we'll respect that but just stop slagging off one country, you have no reason to do it! Thanks

Have to say i dont like the media centre, looks a bit like a shed! Will probably age very quickly
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Old June 9th, 2009, 05:12 PM   #1211
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I totally agree with you. The olympics is supposed to be a celebration of sport, not some silly nonsense of who is more impressive. I have a feeling the media may be fueling people to have this kind of thought though.

The Olympics is the Olympics and we should keep it like that, people should stop making negative comments towards the Chinese government, although i agree there are flaws in it, this thread is not the place to discuss it. People should also stop saying that the London Olympics will not be at the standard as the one in Beijing. Its about the sport at the end of the day. This thread is about the buildings in the London olympics, not about comparing buildings between olympics.

We have to keep in mind that Beijing 2008 was China's first Olympic games, this is London's third. I'm sure that the first olympic games in london would have been as grand and prestigous as the one in Beijing.

Anyway, back to this thread, its nice to see that construction is going well. Im sure it will look fabulous in 2012
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Old June 11th, 2009, 11:56 AM   #1212
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2000 Olympic Park trees hand-picked for London’s largest ever planting

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Around 2000 semi-mature British grown trees have been hand-picked for the London 2012 Olympic Park in what is thought will be the largest one-off planting of its kind in the capital.

The trees will form the roots of the 100 hectare park that will provide a colourful setting and festival atmosphere for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and a green space for people and wildlife in legacy. The four to seven metre high trees have been grown by the selected supplier, Hilliers Nurseries in Hampshire, which has worked on projects including the 1951 Festival of Britain, the Manchester Commonwealth Games Stadium and the Millennium Dome.

The trees, which will be planted over the following three winters, have been carefully selected to ‘future proof’ against climate change and are predominantly native species such as ash, alder, willow, birch, hazel, cherry, poplar, London plane and lime. Trees will provide shelter from wind and sunshine across the park, Willow and Alder will be planted in river areas to withstand flooding and species vulnerable to climate change have been avoided.

Viewing first-hand the rows of Olympic Park trees in Hampshire, ODA Chairman John Armitt said: “Seeing 2000 semi-mature trees lined up ready to start being planted in the Olympic Park gives you a real sense of the green setting being created for the Games themselves and the transformation of this part of London in legacy. We are cleaning up former industrial land to create the largest urban park in the UK for over a century as a cornerstone for the regeneration of the area.

“We are not only planting trees that will look fantastic and reflect the traditions of great British parks, but also create habitats for wildlife and help ‘future proof’ against the impacts of climate change on the park and surrounding communities.”

London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Chairman Sebastian Coe said: “Progress building the Olympic Park has been spectacular and as the facilities begin to take shape, the excitement is growing. At Games time, the eyes of the world will be on this area of London and after the Games, there will be an entirely new community left behind. In 2012 it will be a hub of sporting excellence and a thriving, lively focal point for spectators and visitors. Beyond that, the area will be home to housing, places of work, sporting and education facilities. The trees will ensure that the Park will be just that – a park, making sure that people who visit in 2012 and the communities who live there beyond do so in a spectacular, family-friendly environment.”

Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell said: "The trees that are being planted over the next three years are largely native species which will ensure the park is a haven for wildlife whilst giving a sense of the traditional British Woodlands that make up such a large part of our parks and countryside."

Royal Horticultural Society Superintendent for Woody Ornamentals Colin Crosbie said: “Trees have an unparalleled ability to remove C02 from the atmosphere, bring beauty to the landscape, provide shade and help to calm down our cities – they are the one single, biggest natural entity on which we rely and unfortunately, pay little attention too. This planting will equate to a city wood that will not only care for us in the long term us, but will also provide a home to London’s wildlife. Its fantastic news and an example I hope other event organizers will follow.”

ODA Project Sponsor for Parklands and Public Realm John Hopkins said: “The UK horticultural industry is demonstrating its enthusiasm to help deliver the London 2012 Games. Selecting these trees takes us a step closer to creating a new park for London at the heart of the 2012 Games and its legacy. The planning application has been approved, contractors and suppliers are being appointed and the land is nearly ready for construction of the parklands to start on track this summer. These big trees will have a significant impact in Games and for a hundred years or more in Legacy. I look forward to working with the supplier to ensure that they are nurtured, delivered, planted and thrive in the Olympic Park.”

Following a highly competitive procurement through www.competefor.com, the online dating agency matching businesses to London 2012 supply chain work, Hillier Nurseries has been selected to provide the majority of the trees from their Hampshire nursery and source any additional requirements. The 145 year old family-owned company has won 64 consecutive Gold Medals at the Chelsea Flower Show. All trees will comply with the UK and EU regulations for plant health and quality in accordance with the National Plant Specification.

Over the next three years suppliers will be sought for thousands of younger woodland trees, shrubs and other plants to create a diverse and rich parkland for the 21st century developing the tradition of centuries of British landscape and garden design.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) will shortly appoint a contractor to supply over 500,000 wetland plants for the parklands, ready for planting to start next spring.

In legacy the parklands, designed for people and wildlife, will provide the focus for the London 2012 legacy sports facilities including the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, VeloPark, multi-sports arena and Eton Manor outdoor sports complex. The southern part of the Park will focus on continuing the festival atmosphere of the Games, with riverside gardens, markets, events, cafes and bars. The northern parklands will provide a more open, ecological landscape of wetlands, woodlands and bio-diverse lawns and habitats for hundreds of existing and rare species from kingfishers to otters.

The ODA is working with the London Development Agency (LDA) and the newly formed Olympic Legacy Company to ensure the parklands fit into the Legacy Master Plan Framework - a spatial plan for the development of the Olympic Park site after the 2012 Games which will address the long-term management and maintenance of the parklands.
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I like the park but the media centre looks proper crap.
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Old June 14th, 2009, 11:20 AM   #1216
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Old June 15th, 2009, 12:53 PM   #1219
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Britain is a modern democracy where our political parties that govern are directly elected by the people! The imperial era is over and we have moved on! but if you want to live in the past go for it! but we are looking to the future

In a full democracy the people want to know what the money is being spent on! in a one party state there's no countability as the rulling party
can do as it pleases! ( its in power as long as it likes )

its fact, that 'white elephants' would never be excepted by the British People, and shows that our democracy is working, because
the politicians would be removed in a democratic election.

British people dont want stadium's thats not going to pay its way after the games and want have a real use for the community.
The Cost of the olympics is another issue. Because of theses factors the London olympics will be diffrent from China.

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