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Old November 30th, 2009, 02:42 PM   #1401
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Old December 12th, 2009, 04:12 PM   #1403
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Transport improvements for London 2012 Games on track
08 Dec 2009

Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) publish latest edition of Transport Plan for consultation.

The ODA is three quarters of the way through its programme of transport improvements needed for the London 2012 Games, on time and on budget.

The ODA made the announcement as the latest edition of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Transport Plan was published today.

The ODA’s transport infrastructure work started in December 2006 at Orient Way with the construction of a new 12-track railway depot. The infrastructure improvements being made for Games and legacy will be completed by the end of 2010 when work is finished at West Ham and Stratford stations to increase capacity.

The ODA is on track with its programme of improvements that will leave legacy benefits for London long after the Games. Work completed to date includes:

12 track railway sidings constructed at Orient Way;

Two new platforms for North London Line services to replace the low level platforms previously used by the DLR;
The first of 22 new DLR rail cars co-funded by the ODA are in service;

The construction of a new Eastern Egress bridge at Stratford International Station to shorten the walking distance to Stratford Regional Station;

The DLR’s second crossing under the river to Woolwich Arsenal, opened in February 2009, which will host the Shooting events;

Work on the DLR extension to Stratford International is well underway and is on track to open in July 2010;

Passengers at Stratford Regional Station are already using three new lifts and wider staircases. A new upper level station entrance and westbound Central Line platform are all on track to be completed by the end of 2010;

Work has started on improving cycle routes in east London as a result of the ODA’s £11m investment;

Operational planning, including timetabling, is being developed.

Progress is detailed in the consultation draft of the second edition of the Transport Plan for the London 2012 Games, published today. Feedback to this consultation draft will be incorporated into the second full edition of the Transport Plan which will be published next year, when the ODA move from delivering the final infrastructure to more detailed planning for Games-time operations.

ODA Chairman John Armitt said: 'Moving hundreds of thousands of spectators and tens of thousands of athletes, media, officials and Games workers in the summer of 2012 is a huge logistical challenge.

'We are on track for completing the transport improvements needed for Games and legacy. We are not complacent and are working hard with our transport delivery partners to ensure that we maintain this good progress as we move into detailed operational planning.'

Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell said: 'Reliable and efficient transport will be crucial to the success of London 2012 and we are determined to get it right. This report shows we are on time and on budget to deliver the improvements needed, which will benefit travellers long after the Games have finished.

'Railway lines, trains and stations are being upgraded to cope with the thousands of athletes, volunteers and spectators who will travel to the Games each day. We want to make sure spectators have a choice of ways to get to the Games, whether it’s by public transport, bicycle or on foot.'

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: 'Work on the capital's transport network ahead of bringing the Games to London is proceeding at a sensational pace. The improvements being made to our stations, track, the DLR, and our cycle routes are happening on time, to the budget that was set and will serve Londoners well for years to come.'

LOCOG Chairman Seb Coe said: 'These transport improvements demonstrate again what is meant by London 2012's vision to use the power of the Games to inspire lasting change. Not only are they essential to ensure a memorable experience for athletes, spectators and the general public during Games-time, but their lasting legacy will deliver benefits for commuters and families for years to come.'

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Old December 15th, 2009, 09:31 PM   #1404
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Old December 16th, 2009, 06:05 PM   #1405
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The not so shocking story of the Olympic underspend

By Peter Bill on December 16, 2009 11:22 AM

The least surprising (but most gratifying) story of the day comes from the Olympic Delivery Authority, which tells the FT today that the cost of building the London Olympics will be £7.2b and not the previous estimate of £8.2b. This £900m reduction confirms the posting here and the Standard column of 27th November. Then, after a wander round the site with ODA chief David Higgins, and a look at the numbers, it became blindingly obvious that the budget was stuffed to the gills with contingency sums that would now never be needed.

Those wondering where that £9.3b figure went should know that on top of the original £8.1b building budget was £838m for security and £300m to help train athletes. But even that £1.2b contains £238m of contingencies. So there is a possibility of further reductions from this pot. But, for now, the headline figure is down from £9.3b to £8.2. But you can rest assured that there is still some money tucked away in the building pot.

As the Standard article suggested, even the £7.2b "build budget" contained contingencies of £685m. On the assumption that most of that remains, you can add this to the £238m security contingency and adduce there is still almost £1b tucked away. If this does not get used, the headline budget could shrink from £9.3b, not to £8.2b but to £7.3b. In other words, the whole £2b contingency added in by Gordon Brown when he was Chancellor could remain unspent.

With a cash-strapped government already eyeing that £900m saving already admitted it is understandable that the ODA today are stressing the risks ahead. "Though current forecasts predict us coming in under budget for the construction programme, it is too early to be banking savings," they say. "Next year will be the toughest yet and on a project of this size and scale there is always the potential for more risks materialising between now and 2012." Fair enough. But whoever is in power next December may well find another £900m in the Olympic Christmas box.
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The not so shocking story of the Olympic underspend

By Peter Bill on December 16, 2009 11:22 AM

The least surprising (but most gratifying) story of the day comes from the Olympic Delivery Authority, which tells the FT today that the cost of building the London Olympics will be £7.2b and not the previous estimate of £8.2b. This £900m reduction confirms the posting here and the Standard column of 27th November. Then, after a wander round the site with ODA chief David Higgins, and a look at the numbers, it became blindingly obvious that the budget was stuffed to the gills with contingency sums that would now never be needed.

Those wondering where that £9.3b figure went should know that on top of the original £8.1b building budget was £838m for security and £300m to help train athletes. But even that £1.2b contains £238m of contingencies. So there is a possibility of further reductions from this pot. But, for now, the headline figure is down from £9.3b to £8.2. But you can rest assured that there is still some money tucked away in the building pot.

As the Standard article suggested, even the £7.2b "build budget" contained contingencies of £685m. On the assumption that most of that remains, you can add this to the £238m security contingency and adduce there is still almost £1b tucked away. If this does not get used, the headline budget could shrink from £9.3b, not to £8.2b but to £7.3b. In other words, the whole £2b contingency added in by Gordon Brown when he was Chancellor could remain unspent.

With a cash-strapped government already eyeing that £900m saving already admitted it is understandable that the ODA today are stressing the risks ahead. "Though current forecasts predict us coming in under budget for the construction programme, it is too early to be banking savings," they say. "Next year will be the toughest yet and on a project of this size and scale there is always the potential for more risks materialising between now and 2012." Fair enough. But whoever is in power next December may well find another £900m in the Olympic Christmas box.
But I expected the security bill to overshoot budget!
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It still might if another 9/11 happens.
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Old December 17th, 2009, 06:42 PM   #1409
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Well, I think the money earmarked for security will still be huge now because of the heightened terrorism risk, regardless of how long ago 9/11 was.
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The money for security was upped significantly after 7/7, which was the day after London won the bid.
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Four in five Londoners support 2012 Games
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18.12.09

Londoners' backing of the Olympics remains strong, with a government poll showing four out of five people in the capital are still in favour of the Games.

The annual survey of attitudes towards the Olympics showed 80 per cent of Londoners wanted the Games, with ratings in the five host boroughs of the East End rising to 85 per cent.

The UK average approval rating of 75 per cent was down three per cent on last year's poll, which was conducted shortly after the surge of optimism created by Britain's historic fourth place at the Beijing Games.

It compares with an Evening Standard survey in July, in which 64 per cent of Londoners said they were in favour of the 2012 Games.

The poll of 4,500 people, commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, revealed a disparity in attitudes between London and elsewhere in the UK - with ratings in some parts more than 10 per cent lower. These findings will be of concern to ministers seeking to justify the £9 billion-plus cost of hosting the Games. In the North-East of the country, 67 per cent backed the Games, while 68 per cent in Scotland and Yorkshire were in favour.
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15 December, 2009

By Sophie Griffiths

Watch the ODA's timelapse video of the four-week job to lift the 450 tonne structure into position

The cable net roof of the Olympic Stadium has been lifted into place, the Olympic Delivery Authority announced today.

Over 900 tonnes of scaffolding and over a kilometre of support platforms were used to assembled over 12,000m of cables and the walkways. The cable net is formed between the outer white steel roof truss and an inner tension ring 30m above the field of play.

It took four weeks and 56 hydraulic jacks to lift the 450 tonne structure into place.

The cable net roof will be covered with material next spring, covering two-thirds of spectators and providing the correct conditions for athletes on the field of play and.

ODA chairman John Armitt said: “The successful lift of the stadium’s cable roof is another milestone reached on the construction of this flagship venue. It has been a complex engineering and construction challenge, complicated by the wind and rain in recent weeks.

"We remain firmly on track and will lift the lighting towers into place early next year, taking the stadium to its full height.”

Construction on the Olympic Stadium started in May 2008. Next year, a 650 tonne crane will be assembled in the middle of the stadium site in order to lift 28m high lighting gantries on to the inner ring of the cable net roof, taking them 60m above the field of play.



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Public get front row seat as London 2012 Handball Arena comes out of the ground
22 Dec 2009
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The foundations of the London 2012 Handball Arena are complete and the public have a front row seat at london2012.com as the venue comes out of the ground.
The Handball Arena ‘Big Build’ started in July, two months early. Two hundred concrete columns have been drilled 25 metres into the ground to form the foundations with 55 pile caps and 550m of concrete ground beams.

The venue has started coming out of the ground with the lifting into place of thirteen of 30 concrete walls, which are pre-fabricated in Ireland and will support the upper tiers of the seating. The 10m high walls sit on top of a 300 tonne concrete slab.

Work is underway on the 1000 tonne steel frame of the Arena, which is being fabricated in Bolton. The steel frame is on track to be complete by next summer when work will also have started on the roof and external cladding, with the distinctive copper layer added later in the year

A new webcam is capturing the construction of the distinctive Arena which will include sustainable features such as 88 ceiling light pipes feeding natural light into the venue.

The Handball Arena is on track to be completed by summer 2011 ready for test events. During the Games the Arena will seat up to 7000 spectators and host qualifying games for the Handball competition as well as Modern Pentathlon Fencing and Goalball during the Paralympic Games.

After the Games, the sustainable Arena will become a multi-sports venue with retractable seating for around 6,000 spectators and flexible facilities catering for training and competition at all levels for indoor sports including: Basketball; Wheelchair Basketball; Boxing; Handball; Badminton; Judo; Netball; Futsal and Volleyball.

Olympic Delivery Authority Chief Executive David Higgins said:

'We are right on track to deliver a distinctive Handball Arena that will provide a great experience for competitors and spectators during the Games and offer a new sustainable and flexible facility for local people to enjoy a wide range of sports in legacy. Our new webcam enables people to watch first-hand the Arena coming out of the ground as well as the other permanent Olympic Park venues as the project enters its toughest year.'

Chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee Sebastian Coe said:

'The Handball Arena will provide athletes the world over with a state of the art facility at Games-time and the local London community with a much needed flexible indoor sports arena in legacy. The new webcam will allow local residents and fans of the sport all over the world to chart the construction progress of what will be one of the great new build venues for the 2012 Games.'

The Olympic Park Legacy Company is responsible for the development, planning, management and maintenance of the Olympic Park site, including the Arena, after the Games. With the option to accommodate up to 1500 additional seats, the Company could also offer the venue for cultural, entertainment and business events.

Jules Pipe, elected Mayor of Hackney, said:

'The new multi-sports venue in Hackney is a great opportunity to offer local residents access to world-class facilities to take part in a wide range of sports, as part of the legacy of the 2012 Games. The Council will continue its work to offer all our residents further opportunities to enjoy healthy lifestyles through sport and physical activity.'

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* The venue features over 3,000 sq m of external copper cladding, mostly recycled, to give it a distinctive appearance that will develop a rich natural colour as it ages.
* Over 700 sq m of glazing which encircles the building at concourse level will enable visitors to the Olympic Park to view sport taking place inside, and illuminating the venue when lit at night.
* The venue also has retractable seating to create a flexible legacy space and 88 light pipes in the ceiling to allow natural light into the venue.
* Rainwater harvesting from the roof for toilet flushing, will help to reduce water use by 40%.
* In legacy mode the venue will include a health and fitness club with changing facilities and a café for use by the local community.
* In legacy mode, the venue offers a 2,743 sq m field of play hosting sports including: 5-a-side football; Netball; Boxing; Basketball; Volleyball; Badminton; Table Tennis; Handball; and Futsal.
* The venue could also host in legacy: Hockey; Martial arts; Kabaddi; Wheelchair Basketball; Fencing; Sitting Volleyball; Goalball; Wheelchair Rugby, Wrestling, Weightlifting, Taekwondo, Table Tennis, Judo and Fencing.

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Primark eyes 2012 Olympics site

Next, Topshop, Boots and WH Smith also interested in Westfield Stratford City site

By James Thompson

Wednesday, 30 December 2009


Primark is eyeing a huge store in the £1.5bn flagship shopping centre of the 2012 London Olympics, as the line-up for the Australian developer Westfield's scheme in east London takes shape.

Other retailers interested in signing up to Westfield Stratford City are thought to include Adidas, Boots, WH Smith, H&M, Next and Topshop, as well as Forever 21, the US fashion brand that could open its first UK store there.

Sources said that Westfield was late in starting its recruitment drive for the centre and as recently as October the developer had signed up just three retailers – the anchor tenants John Lewis, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer – out of 300 units. But the east London site, which is one of the few major schemes to open in the next five years, is starting to gain traction among retailers.

Primark, the discount fashion retailer owned by Associated British Foods, is interested in a 70,000 sq ft store in Westfield Stratford, which is set to open in September 2011. The discount retailer, which has 196 stores across Europe, has stormed through the recession and is keen to expand its store estate both in the UK and abroad.

This year, it opened its first stores in Germany, Portugal and Belgium and is thought to be planning to make its debut in Austria in 2010. Market sources said that Primark's longer-term targets include Poland and Russia, as well as India and China further down the line. Primark declined to comment.

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"There is a strong and growing level of interest in our Westfield Stratford City project as retailers get a sense of the strategic nature of the scheme, the outstanding transport connectivity and the lack of new supply coming on to the market."

Sources said that Adidas was interested in at least one site in the scheme. The property specialists CBRE and DTZ are the acting letting agents for Westfield Stratford.

Westfield is believed to have planned originally to open the scheme in east London in June 2011, but has now pushed back the opening date to September of that year. Yesterday, the developer said it has not yet set an opening date for Westfield Stratford.

However, Westfield Stratford has several factors in its favour that are starting to draw retailers in. The centre will be served by two Underground lines, the Docklands Light Railway, overland trains and a high-speed rail link. It will also be one of the few major retail developments to open before 2014, as developers have been forced to put other schemes on hold during the credit crisis.

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scuse me, is it possible to find information about the olympic budget somewhere?
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