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SIR JOHN ARMITT, CEO OLYMPIC DELIVERY AUTHORITY


lenge and delivered the London 2012 venues and infrastructure on time and within budget, with thousands of companies from all corners of the UK having won contracts. It serves as a reminder of British expertise that not only was this achieved but that the bar for industry has been raised as a result of the extremely high standards that were set on this project. That we finished with an excellent health and safety record only adds to my belief that these companies are deserving of a gold medal even before the Games begin. One of our major focuses and suc-


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cesses has been putting sustainability at the heart of the project. The aim


The UK construction industry has shown that it can deliver to the high London 2012 expectations


was simple: to make London 2012 the most sustainable Games to date. We have transformed a forgotten indus- trial area of East London into the largest new urban park in the UK for more than a century. Add to this the creation of world-class venues and the Olympic Vil- lage – 2,818 new homes built to high sustainability standards – and the founda- tions have been laid for what will become a wonderful new community for London. We have met nearly all of our sus-


tainability targets. We surpassed our commitment to reduce carbon on the Olympic Park by 50 per cent, helped through the use of an on-site energy cen- tre that uses a combined cooling, heat and power system; the use of water has been reduced beyond our 40 per cent tar- get through rainwater harvesting systems built into venues and the creation of the UK’s largest blackwater treatment plant. We have recycled 98 per cent of waste


and reused steel for the structure of the Olympic Stadium and Velodrome. We also reused more than 80 per cent of the two million tonnes of contaminated soil that we cleaned. And more than 65


London 2012 mascots Wenlock and Mandeville on the track at the Olympic Stadium


he UK construc- tion industry has risen to the chal-


Skilled workers lay the track at the Velodrome, situated within the Olympic Park


per cent of material to the Olympic Park was transported by rail or water – saving 120,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from an equivalent delivery operation by lorry. The UK construction industry has


shown itself as a hive of talent and skill, and that it can deliver to the high London 2012 expectations – regardless of where the workers came from. Around a fifth of


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the 46,000-strong total workforce were from the local host boroughs, while the stadium was built by 240 companies from areas spanning Devon to Scotland. We have every confidence that these


new venues will not only be well received by sportsmen and sportswomen, but by London and the surrounding areas for years to come.


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