The scale of work going on to create the Olympic Park will transform the area for good and leave a lasting legacy of new world-class sports venues, thousands of new homes, new transport links, new energy networks and a brand new urban park.
The ODA has published a new brochure setting out the wide range of work they are delivering as part of their work on legacy.
The first phase of legacy, led by the ODA, is focused on the creation of the Olympic Park and the delivery of the venues, new infrastructure and transport improvements for the community that will work and play in the area after 2012. The second, led by the London Development Agency working with the ODA and legacy partners, is focused on the development of the park after the Games, the future use of the venues and the wider economic and social regeneration of the area.
Speaking at the London First conference last night, ODA Chairman John Armitt said: 'London 2012 truly will be remembered as the ‘Regeneration Games’ due to the scale of change that is being delivered.
'75 pence of every pound we are spending is an investment in the long-term transformation of the area. As well as brand new world-class sports venues, we are delivering new open space, new energy networks, cleaning miles of waterway and building new roads and bridges, creating new transport links, thousands of new homes and education and healthcare facilities.
'Transformational change on this scale does not happen often and the Games offer a unique opportunity to regenerate one of the most underdeveloped areas in the UK.
'The Games are also a shot in the arm for the UK economy at this difficult time, offering jobs on the Olympic Park for the previously unemployed and millions of pounds worth of contracts for UK businesses.'
The long-term benefits of the London 2012 Games will include:
The leaflet can be accessed here: http://www.london2012.com/documents/oda-publications/oda-legacy.pdf
Notes to editors:
There are currently almost 3,000 workers on the Olympic Park site
95 per cent of workers on the site are paid the at least the London Living Wage. Last week the ODA was awarded an Employer award by The East London Citizens Organisation (TELCO) in recognition of achieving this level.
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For further information please contact the Olympic Delivery Authority Press Office on +44 (0)203 2012 700 or visit the website at www.london2012.com.
The construction of the venues and infrastructure of the London 2012 Games is funded by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor, The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Mayor of London and the London Development Agency.
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- New parklands – 100 hectares of public open space including 45 hectares of new habitats for wildlife
- Energy systems – an Energy Centre and primary substation to provide efficient power, heating and cooling systems for local communities
- Powerline tunnels – new tunnels built to carry power and 52 overhead pylons dismantled
- Stratford City infrastructure – new utilities, bridges and infrastructure for the new retail, leisure and office development
- Waterways – revitalised waterways with new river walls
- Olympic Village – around 3,000 high-quality homes, including affordable housing, new public spaces, parks and community facilities
- Utilities – a new utilities network for gas, electricity, water and telecommunications for the local communities
- Sporting venues – world-class sporting venues with facilities for elite athletes and local communities use
- Sewer systems – new pumping station and sewer tunnels for the future residential developments
- Bridges – more than 30 new bridges, many pedestrian, to help connect the Park to the surrounding area
- Clean landscape –contaminated soil tested, excavated, cleaned and re-used to create a new landscape
- Transport – long-term improvements to the Underground, rail and DLR and an improved walking and cycling network