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Jeremy Beeton Director, Government Olympic Executive Maximising the legacy of London 2012 6 May 2009 Build Phase On track and on budget 1/3 of ODA programme complete All major venues on or ahead of schedule Stadium (May 08 – 2.5 months early) Village (June 08)

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Jeremy Beeton

Director, Government Olympic Executive


Build Phase

  • On track and on budget
  • 1/3 of ODA programme complete
  • All major venues on or ahead of schedule
    • Stadium (May 08 – 2.5 months early)
    • Village (June 08)
    • Aquatics centre (July 08 – 2 months early)
    • Energy centre (August 08)

March-April 2009

    • Media/Broadcast centre (last of “Big Five”)
    • Velopark (Fastest track ever)
olympic park
Olympic Park
  • 550 hectares, equivalent to Hyde Park
  • Twelve rail lines, transport links to rival anywhere in UK
  • Seven minutes by high speed train to Central London
  • Completely remediated site

Olympic Park plan


Hockey Centre

Basketball Arena

Media Centre

Athletes’ village

Handball Arena

Aquatics Centre

Olympic Stadium


Main Venues

Olympic Stadium

80,000 seats – opening and closing ceremonies and athletics events

Commitment to deliver a sustainable athletics and community sports-for-all legacy (inc 25,000 seats)

Aquatics Centre

17,500 seat Zaha Hadid design to mark the Park entrance

2,500 seat legacy venue for elite and community use

Olympic Village

Will house up to 17,000 competitors and 1,000 officials

In legacy, 4,000 homes, at least 30% will be affordable


Expected to be in excess of 5,000 job opportunities with a vibrant and economically sustainable mixed-use development.


Off-Park venues

Broxbourne, Herts - White Water Canoeing

Earls Court – Indoor Volleyball

Eton Dorney - Rowing

Eton Manor – Wheelchair tennis / Paralympic archery

ExCeL – Boxing, Judo etc.

Greenwich Park – Equestrian / Pentathlon

Hadleigh Farm, Essex – Mountain biking

Horse Guards Parade – Beach Volleyball

Hyde Park – Swimming / Triathlon

Lord's Cricket Ground - Archery

North Greenwich (O2) – Basketball, Gymnastics

Regent's Park – Road cycling

Royal Artillery Barracks - Shooting

Weymouth and Portland - Sailing

Wimbledon - Tennis

maintaining ambition
Maintaining ambition
  • New economic climate for the Games
  • Priority is to deliver on time and on budget
  • Downturn has redefined purpose of the Games
  • Provide a vital shot in the arm for the economy, right at the moment we need it most
  • To do this, must ensure that London 2012:
    • Delivers value for public money
    • Benefits the whole country
    • Brings about lasting change
government olympic executive
Government Olympic Executive
  • Only body overseeing the entire Olympic project
  • Responsibilities:
    • Ensuring the Games are on time, on budget and benefit the whole of the UK
    • Project cash flow
    • Identifying and solving problems
    • Guaranteeing value for public money
    • Ensuring accountability to Parliament and the public
    • Safeguarding and maximising the value of the Government’s investment
delivering a lasting legacy
Delivering a lasting legacy
  • Recent Olympic Games
    • Lack of focus on sports participation
    • No improvement in local skills
    • Little or no urban renewal
    • Lack of focus on sustainability
  • Manchester Commonwealth Games, 2002
    • The “Inclusive Games”:
    • 10,000 volunteers; 20% continued
  • London 2012
    • Legacy set our bid apart
    • Action Plan published early - June 2008
legacy what and how
Legacy – what and how?
  • 75p in every £ spent on legacy
  • Regeneration of East London
  • And ensure that the whole of the UK benefits
  • Legacy Action Plan (LAP) focused on key areas of:
    • Regeneration of East London
    • Business and employment
    • Sustainability
    • Young people
    • Sport
1 regeneration of east london
1. Regeneration of East London
  • Five world class sporting venues
  • 10-12,000 new mixed tenure homes, with a target of 35% affordable
  • Three new primary schools, a secondary school, and a school in the stadium
  • New Stratford City shopping centre and business district
  • Unrivalled transport links:
    • £326m project to be in place by Jan 2011
    • Doubling of capacity at Stratford regional station, including a high-speed Eurostar line
2 businesses and employment
2. Businesses and Employment
  • Games will directly award £6bn worth of contracts through 75,000 business opportunities
  • CompeteFor: Giving UK businesses access to contracts
  • Huge jobs and skills opportunities:
    • 48-hour jobs brokerage in five host boroughs
    • Workforce will peak at 11,000 in next twelve months
    • 30,000 will help build Park and Village by 2012
    • 350 construction apprenticeships on site
    • 100,000 contract jobs to stage games
    • 6,700 jobs in wider visitor economy
    • Aim to reduce worklessness by 70,000; 20,000 in host boroughs
  • Visit Britain estimates tourism benefits at £2.1bn
3 sustainability
3. Sustainability
  • Olympics and Paralympics to be the most sustainable of modern times
  • Park will set new standards of sustainable development
  • On track to meet London 2012 Sustainability Plan
  • Build continues to exceed 90% target for recycling of demolition materials
  • 57% material delivered by rail; access by waterway soon
  • Breaking new ground: First Games (or major event) to calculate a carbon footprint for entire project, in order to minimise impact
  • Will create a long-term legacy of environmental improvements, behavioural change, and knowledge transfer
4 young people
4. Young people
  • Tens of thousands more young people giving time to local communities and participating in 2012 cultural activities
  • Thousands of schools, colleges, universities etc. inspiring young through Olympic and Paralympic values
  • Open up sporting opportunities for young people like never before
  • £100m to fund five hours sport per week for 5-16s
  • £140m Free Swimming scheme for under 16s: Taken up by almost 300 local authorities
5 sport
5. Sport
  • GOE promise to create “world leading sporting nation”
  • Goal of two million people more active by 2012
  • Aim of fourth in Olympic medal table; Second in Paralympic
  • £600m investment in elite sport:
    • £300m from lottery fund
    • £250m from HMG
    • £50m from Team 2012 private sector scheme
holding us to account
Holding us to account
  • Delivering value for money
  • Continuous cycle of NAO reviews and PAC reports
  • Continuous scrutiny from OGC, Select Committee, PQs etc
  • International Olympic Committee inspections:
    • April 09
    • Transformation is “nothing short of astounding”
    • The area will be a “great legacy to the people of London and the UK”
  • Olympic Legacy Company
  • Unrelenting press and public interest from start to finish

Holding us to account

  • Public scrutiny
  • 2,655 questions or letters from members of the public, parliament and organisations from Nov 07–Nov 08
  • Thet equals an average of over 220 a month
  • Major public consultation ongoing around the site, the five boroughs and across east London
  • Series of problem-solving summits
  • Hundreds of thousands have signed up for information through
the role of ngbs
The role of NGBs
  • Sport NGBs
  • Will deliver our ambition to make the UK a world leading sporting nation and get two million more people active
  • Half a billion £s available over next four years
  • Participation must be rooted in high-performance delivery
  • Coaching
  • At least £50m invested in to the coaching system
  • Recruit into Coaching: 10,000 new volunteer coaches from 70 most deprived areas by 2011
  • Major events
  • NGBs also responsible for major events, showcasing UK (e.g. Twenty20 World Cup)
london 2012 already delivering
London 2012: Already delivering...

Jobs and skills

  • More than 3,300 currently employed on site (Jan 09)
  • 23% from host boroughs; One in ten ex-unemployed


  • 1/2 the business contracts to UK firms outside London, 2/3 of which SMEs

Personal Best

  • Aims to help 20,000 disadvantaged volunteers into work

Cultural Olympiad

  • Launched 2008 – 650 cultural events across the UK

International Inspiration

  • £23m programme to help children in developing world into better lives through sport
  • Twelve million children in 20 countries by 2012
economic gold
…Economic Gold
  • Leveraging change in London and across UK
  • Serving as a catalyst across a broad range of sectors being challenged by the current downturn (Media, hospitality, sport, leisure, tourism etc)
  • Delivering a legacy of jobs and skills for other major projects of national importance (Crossrail, Stratford City, Kings Cross etc)
  • Leaving a lasting sporting legacy – from children in the developing world to elite UK athletes
  • Building a world class, sustainable and prosperous neighbourhood in what has been one of the most deprived areas of the UK