The latest news from the Olympic Delivery Authority Issue 4 January 2008 your Park preparing the ground The majority of the Olympic Park is on track to being cleared and cleaned – just one of the 10 major milestones to be completed by the Beijing 2008 Games. Find out more inside... Welcome to 2008 and this edition of ‘your Park’ Much has been achieved in the last year and this issue reviews some of the progress we made. The world will share the excitement of the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games in summer 2008 and by the Closing Ceremonies we aim to have met 10 major milestones, which we feature inside. During 2008 we will move from preparing the ground to actual construction. It’s an inspiring prospect that by the end of 2008 we will see Olympic Park venues beginning to take shape. Thousands of local people took the opportunity to visit the Olympic Park last year and there will be more opportunities for you to see the big changes taking place on site. Job opportunities will increase as construction work starts. See page 3 and 6 for how to get involved. Julie King Head of External Relations, Olympic Delivery Authority I want to thank local residents for your understanding while building work continues on the Olympic Park. This year we will continue to meet with you to hear your views on how we are doing and to keep you informed about what’s going on. Remember, we want you to tell us about any problems or concerns you may have about the Olympic Park site and how we can do better, so please get in touch using our construction hotline below. The construction hotline is: 08000 722 110 1 A successful 2007 The past year has seen dramatic changes on the Olympic Park. A new landscape is being created across the site and we are getting ready to build world-class venues for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We are making progress on public transport, training, jobs and green issues and we continue to make sure long-term benefits for the local community are a top priority in all we do. If you would like to see how your Park is changing, the London 2012 team at your local council can give you information on guided tours. Greenwich 020 8921 6405 Hackney 020 8356 3126 2 innovative designs unveiled in 2007 for the Olympic Stadium and the VeloPark 386 Newham 020 8430 2012 Tower Hamlets 020 7364 2476 Waltham Forest 020 7496 3232 of our workforce live in our neighbouring five Host Boroughs 50 5,000 local companies have won opportunities to work on the Olympic Park project out of 500 business contracts awarded nationally so far local residents met with us in 2007 to discuss our plans and share their views 20,500 cubic metres of soil has been cleaned and 49 per cent of the site cleared ready for the ‘big build’ 2 Job and training opportunities Around 2,000 placements and apprenticeships will be offered by the National Skills Academy for Construction programme over the next four years. Part of this programme will take place locally in the north of the Olympic Park at a new centre at Eton Manor. Over the next two years, 190 students a year will learn about driving and controlling heavy machinery like diggers and dumper trucks. The plant training centre at Eton Manor opened in December 2007. It is funded by the Olympic Delivery Authority, Learning and Skills Council, London Development Agency and the private sector. For more information call 0845 155 2012. Tradeswomen in construction can find out more about work and training opportunities at the Olympic Park at an event on 5 February. The Olympic Delivery Authority and 20 other employers will have stands at a Women and Manual Trades Job Fair at the City Conference Centre, Moorgate. For more information phone 020 7251 9192 3 Planning update This year we will be submitting planning applications for many of the venues for the London 2012 Games. The Aquatics Centre planning submission will be made in January. This will be followed by a planning submission for the Energy Centre in February 2008. The second planning submission for the Olympic Stadium, which details what the venue will look like during the Games, will be submitted in the spring. Energy efficient Work to remove, disconnect and divert existing pipes, cables and other infrastructure on the Olympic Park has already started. So far 19 out of 52 electrical substations have been removed from the Park. A new Energy Centre is being developed in the west of the Olympic Park at Kings Yard. It will deliver efficient power, heating and cooling systems during the Games. The Centre will provide heating to venues, the Olympic Village, media centres and the communities that will live in the area after 2012. The design of the Centre will contribute to London 2012’s commitment to use renewable energy technology in the Olympic Park. Aquatics Centre public drop-in sessions: Thu 14 Feb 6.00pm – 8.30pm Fri 15 Feb 2.00pm – 7.00pm Sat 16 Feb 10.00am – 2.00pm Keep an eye out in your local press for venue details of these sessions nearer to the time. Initial design concept for the Energy Centre in 2012 and beyond. 4 Out and about 2007 has been an exciting year for our community teams and this year we will continue to meet with as many of you as we can at local residents meetings, panel events and presentations. Over the last year we have celebrated Eid, Diwali, Vaisakhi and Africa Day with Londoners. We have also attended many local residents meetings, panel events and given presentations to organisations such as Homerton Baptist Church. This year we will be continuing to speak to people about plans and work on site. If you would like some of our community team to come and discuss what’s going on in your area please let us know. Call the construction hotline on 08000 722 110. Dates for your diary in 2008 The Get Set London roadshow is coming to your area. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to find out how you can get involved in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Tower Hamlets 1 February Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, E1 Waltham Forest 17 February Score Centre, Oliver Road, E10 Greenwich 23 February Woolwich Town Centre, SE18 Hackney 13 March Ocean, Mare St, E8 Newham 6 April Stratford, E15 For more details please go to www.london2012.com Working together We have been working closely with The East London Communities Organisation (TELCO) to ensure local people benefit from the Games. This includes developing fair employment practices and allocating land within the Olympic Park for affordable homes for the community. TELCO represents east London schools, colleges, mosques, churches, trade unions and community groups. 5 Local jobs Tope Akiboye from Greenwich is Assistant Document Controller for contractors on the Olympic Park site. A friend of Tope (24) told him about Greenwich Local Labour (GLLaB) and he went to the local offices to register. GLLaB forwarded his details on to the Olympic Park contractors and he was called for an interview. ‘When I was offered a job I was really pleased.’ Tope’s job is at the hub of the Olympic Park offices. Not a small job in a project where there are an enormous number of contracts, instructions and work programmes. ‘We are the team responsible for making sure the right people know what’s going on’. ‘It’s great to be working on such an historic event. There are lots of jobs available on the Olympic Park site for people who live locally and I would definitely recommend this scheme for anyone who wants to find work like I did’. You can find out about London 2012 jobs and the training opportunities mentioned on page 3 by calling: Newham Workplace 020 8430 4331 Waltham Forest O-REGEN 020 8496 4569 Hackney On-Site 020 7241 7080 Tower Hamlets Skillsmatch 020 7364 3727 Greenwich GLLaB 020 8858 7792 6 A home for wildlife Work is underway on a nature reserve at the far northern end of the Olympic Park. An area along the banks of the River Lea at East Marsh is being prepared to welcome a variety of wildlife including birds, frogs, spiders, beetles and moths. Natural materials will create different areas such as wildflower grassland, log walls and earth mounds. East Marsh will continue to be used for community football now and after the Games. The nature reserve is a project that Hackney Council and the Olympic Delivery Authority are developing as part of the overall improvements to Hackney Marshes. Improvements are also underway to a main public walkway and cycle route through the Park. The improved Greenway will create a pleasant link between Newham, Hackney and Tower Hamlets before, during and after the Games. Transport on the move Commuters through Stratford Regional Station will experience the benefits from the ODA’s investment of more than £100m to boost capacity and accessibility at the station well before 2012. Our latest developments include early preparation work on the disused eastern subway, which will be reopened in time for the Games to switch between rail, Underground and DLR services. Other recent work involves lifting the beams that will support the new westbound Central Line platform into place and demolishing old buildings in and around the station to make more room for passengers. This will also help the construction of the town centre link, which will provide access from the existing town centre to Stratford City and the Olympic Park. Meanwhile Docklands Light Railway has opened a new station at Langdon Park, just 10 minutes from Stratford. This will provide thousands of east London residents with better transport links and help get them to the Olympic Park in 2012. 7 A window on to your Park You may have seen the blue hoardings around the outside of the Olympic Park site. Any large building site can be dangerous and the fencing is needed to keep the site and the public safe. But we still want people to see what is going on inside. We have a number of viewing holes in the fencing along the Hackney towpath so that you have a window on how your Park is changing. This year we will also be asking local schoolchildren for designs to be displayed on a stretch of fencing opposite Hackney Wick village. Don’t go there! Children from the Waterden Crescent Travellers’ community attended a health and safety workshop called ‘Don’t Go There!’ in December 2007. After watching a performance about the dangers of trespassing on a construction site, the children created and performed their own plays. The results suggested there were quite a few budding playwrights, actors and singers present. Health and safety sessions will be offered to local schools this year. If you have a youth group who would benefit from this workshop please call the construction hotline for more information 08000 722 110. 8 Olympic Delivery Authority One Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5LN Reception 0203 2012 000 Email email@example.com www.london2012.com Other languages This publication is available on request in other languages. Published Januar y 20 08. Printed at an environmentally aware ISO140 01- cer tified printer on recycled paper. 0808 100 2012 Reference: ODA 2008/008 Please phone for a free translation Ju lutemi telefononi për përkthime falas Fadlan soo wac tarjumaad lacag la’aan ah Llámenos para conseguir una traducción gratuita Lütfen ücretsiz çeviri için arayin Téléphonez pour obtenir une traduction gratuite Other formats This publication is available on request in other formats. For a large print, easy read, Braille or audio version please call 0808 100 2012 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote Reference: ODA 2008/008 The construction of the venues and infrastructure for 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. © Olympic Delivery Authority The official Emblems of the London 2012 Games are © London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited (LOCOG) 2008. All rights reserved. We are on track to meet our 10 milestones by the Beijing 2008 Games Milestone 01: Most of the Olympic Park will be cleared and cleaned – Over 90 per cent of demolition materials are being reused or recycled. – Over two thirds of buildings have been demolished. – 93 per cent of the site investigated. – 49 per cent of the site has been cleared. Milestone 02: Power for the Olympic Park will be set to switch underground – Both 6km tunnels running underneath the Olympic Park have been completed. – More than a third of the 200km of cabling in the tunnels is now installed. – Temporary diversion of powerlines around the Olympic Village site is completed. Milestone 03: Main temporary roads and bridges built giving access to a safe and secure construction site for the ‘big build’ – Vacant possession gained, giving London 2012 access to the vast majority of the site. – Three of five temporary bridges to aid logistics are now in place. – First temporary road being constructed. Milestone 04: Work started on new water and energy systems that will serve the Olympic Park during and after the London 2012 Games – A historic building in Kings Yard will house part of the Energy Centre. – Preferred bidder appointed for Olympic Park Energy Centre and networks. – Planning permission granted for wind turbine at Eton Manor. – Planning application submitted for primary substation. Milestone 05: Regeneration of the waterways in the Olympic Park will have started – 405m of new river wall installed on site of Aquatics Centre, widening the river by eight metres. – Widening of channels at Prescott Lock completed. To read more about the milestones and the progress that is being made visit www.london2012.com/milestones Milestone 06: Transport improvements that will open up east London and support the London 2012 Games started, with many already complete – High speed 1 rail link in operation between St. Pancras International and mainland Europe. – First additional DLR car delivered and two new DLR platforms built at Stratford Regional Station. – Two tunnels for DLR extension under River Thames completed in July 2007, ahead of schedule. Aerial view of the Olympic Park, November 2007 Milestone 08: Construction on the Olympic Village started Milestone 09: Contracts let and designs agreed for the ‘Big 4’ venues in the Olympic Park – Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, VeloPark and media centres – Demolition completed on site of the ‘Big 4’ venues. – Designs published for the Olympic Stadium, VeloPark and Aquatics Centre. Milestone 07: Construction started on bridge that will take people over the Aquatics Centre to the Olympic Stadium, with building work on the Stadium about to begin – Designs for Olympic Stadium revealed. – 100 per cent of buildings on site of Stadium demolished. – Work expected to start on site of Stadium ahead of schedule. Milestone 10: Detailed plans for the development of the Olympic Park after the London 2012 Games well underway – Olympic Delivery Authority, London Development Agency, local boroughs, Mayor of London and central government working in partnership. – Plans are moving forward to agree the vision for regeneration after the Games. – Demolition completed on Olympic Village site. – Temporary diversion of powerlines completed, to enable early construction work to begin. – Architectural panel appointed for design of Village.