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2012 logistics: Getting it all on site

Responsibility for organising people, materials, temporary infrastructure and security is in the hands of Dave Peacop.

It is hard to imagine the scale of what is required to get the Olympic Park in east London ready for the games in 2012. To give you some idea, the project needs to deliver twice the infrastructure of Terminal 5, in half the time. And it will be the biggest logistical operation in England since the Second World War.

The man tasked with ensuring those logistics go according to plan is ODA delivery partner CLM's head of logistics Dave Peacop. He says there are four main elements to his job: materials, people, the temporary infrastructure and security.

"We need to provide central services to enable the construction of all the venues and manage the common spaces in between venues," says Peacop.

Peacop says the biggest challenge will be transporting the huge number of workers to and from the site. "At the peak of construction and with the Stratford retail development and Olympic Village we'll have 20,000 people coming in and out of the site every day," he says.

The site will be open from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 7am to 2pm on Saturday and workers will predominantly arrive using public transport.

"The main station serving the site is Pudding Mill Lane on the DLR [Docklands Light Railway]," says Peacop. "We are working hard with Transport for London and all the rail companies to increase the number of trains running during peak times and we're currently doing upgrade works on the stations.

"We'll also be coordinating with all the different contractors to tell their staff to use certain Tube and train stations to ease congestion. The other main ones in the area are Leyton, Stratford, Bromley-by-Bow, Hackney Wick and Maryland."

But workers will also be encouraged to arrive on foot. The Greenway, a walkway in east London, runs adjacent to the site and pedestrian entrances to the Park will be set up for those choosing to walk. "One of the entrances will be right by the main stadium site," says Peacop.

Peacop's next challenge is bringing all the necessary materials on site. The aim is to bring in 50% of construction materials by weight using sustainable means (rail or river).

Peacop says the majority of this will arrive by rail. "The existing rail head is being upgraded and eventually six trains a day will bring concrete and bulk aggregates onto the site."

Water transportation is still being evaluated and feasibility studies for wharf and mooring
locations are currently being finalised.

But Peacop admits that planning for the road freight is taking priority for now. "We'll have two off-site logistics centres. One on the M11 and the other somewhere in east London."

Peacop adds: "Contractors will need to book in any trucks they want to come on site the previous day through a web-based system and they will be allocated a time slot when they can travel."

There is no doubt that bringing it all together will take a mammoth effort from everyone involved - but like everyone involved with the London 2012 Games, Peacop has a steely determination to get the job done: "It's an evolving beast, but we'll make it work."

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