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[ Project focus: Olympic Velodrome ]


Team GB cyclists test the track at the Velodrome


Investing the time, effort and money up front on the 3D model made sure that the coordination programme wasn’t affected


Ed Clancy MBE visits the Velodrome as work progresses Once it was awarded the contract, Imtech G&H began


to put together its own cost plans and value engineering options for the constituent elements of the job, including ventilation, piped services, lighting and emergency lighting, LV distribution and small power, fire detection, PA/VA, and data communications.


People power With the Olympic Park always in the media spotlight, Imtech G&H had to adhere closely to the ODA’s strictly defined ethos of best practice, best value and sustainability. During the busiest stages of the programme, the company had more than 120 directly employed personnel on site. Industrial relations targets meant that all operatives


used on the project had to be directly employed, and the company also recruited five locally based apprentices as a result of winning the contract. Brunton comments: ‘Direct engagement with staff was a very important aspect of the ODA’s requirements, and out of the five locally recruited apprentices, two were women and one was an adult trainee. While three have decided not to continue in the industry, the remaining two still work with us on other projects.’


Heath and welfare All parties had to adhere to defined health and safety practices and procedures on the Olympic Park. Brunton says: ‘Health and safety figures on the project ran at up to seven times better than the industry average. This goes to show what can be achieved when all companies work together to ensure on-site safety.’ All of Imtech G&H’s operatives and subcontractors attended daily activity briefings to inform them of any on-


Chris Hoy tries out the Velodrome


site changes as they happened, and the risks associated with any new operational procedures were fully explained. The company’s supervisors all undergo CITB Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) training, and when there is a health and safety issue it is fully reported and action is taken to ensure that it won’t happen again.


Efficiency drive Sustainable systems were installed within the Velodrome wherever possible, and it uses rainwater harvesting and the Olympic Park’s district heating supply as a heat source. The main arena also makes use of natural ventilation where external conditions allow. Brunton explains: ‘The selection of products was carried


out with sustainability in mind. Cable and accessories were chosen with PVC content in mind, and the environmental policy for the project means that the life of the material is


Visitor attraction


n The London 2012 opening ceremony will be held on 27 July 2012.


n London 2012 will comprise 30 days of sport. n 26 Olympic sports and 19 Paralympic sports will be played. n London 2012 is projected to generate 12,000 new jobs in the Olympic Park.


n 31 competition venues will be utilised. n 17,000 athletes will compete. n 10km of new roads will be built. n There will be 500,000 spectators per day.


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