The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is on track to deliver the Olympic Park venues and infrastructure ready for test events ahead of the Games. After the Games, the Park will become the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Plans for the long-term use of the Park are already in place. Contractors are now being sought to transform the parklands, infrastructure and those venues not covered by existing contracts after the Games. Two opportunities are being advertised, one each for the south and north of the Park. They include:
- completing the 250-acre parklands to create the largest urban public park in the UK for more than a century;
- removing the innovative temporary elements of bridges, concourses and security infrastructure – such as the perimeter fence – used during the Games, which will extend the parklands and connect it with the local area;
- completing 15km of cycle-paths and footpaths, and a road network connecting the Olympic Park with surrounding neighbourhoods;
- creating 2.1 hectares of allotments – the size of four football fields;
- delivering the cycling facilities in the new VeloPark, including minor internal works to the Velodrome, modifying the BMX Circuit being used during the Olympic Games and adding a new one-mile closed road cycle circuit and a 7km mountain bike track;
- Converting venues and other buildings for their use after the Games, including removing temporary external elements from the International Broadcast Centre and minor internal works to the Handball Arena; and
- delivering football fields on East Marsh.
The legacy conversion of the Olympic Stadium, Olympic Village and Aquatics Centre are covered by existing contracts.
ODA Director of Design and Regeneration Alison Nimmo said: ‘Legacy was at the heart of the London 2012 Bid and 75p of every £1 was spent cleaning up what was a former industrial area and creating the Olympic Park is an investment in the regeneration of east London. The venues, sports facilities, parklands, allotments, roads, bridges, footpaths, cycle-paths, energy and utilities networks will form the foundation of the long-term development of this part of London for future generations.’
Once the ODA’s legacy transformation is complete the Olympic Park will be handed over to the legacy owners, primarily the Olympic Park Legacy Company and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.