Balfour Beatty was announced as main contractor for two major roads and bridges packages by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) yesterday. Nuttall and Skanska were also awarded two other infrastructure contracts.
The £150m bridge and road packages will play a key part in opening up the area and and providing new connections across the park and represents the bulk of the roads and bridges to be built for the Olympics.
Balfour Beatty will be building the rail over-bridge package as well as the main stadium area bridges. These combined include three land bridges, three footbridges and four footbridges. Skanska has won the contract for civils in the north of the Olympic Parkand Nuttall has won the contract for civils in the south. The Olympic Park North package includes 5km of roads, two land bridges, one road bridge and two underpasses. The Olympic Park south includes 3km of loop roads, four road bridges, one footbridge and one underpass
Construction work on these structures, bridges and highways is expected to start from summer 2008 into early 2009.
"The structures, bridges and highways project will be the key to joining the various parts of the Olympic Park jigsaw together, creating new connections across the Park and new links between local communities," said ODA Director of Infrastructure and Utilities Simon Wright. "Right across the Park we are planning for legacy from the very beginning and this infrastructure will help us create the backbone of the Olympic Park in legacy and a platform for future development."
Smaller packages of work within the structures, bridges and highways project also went out to tender last year including the Wetlands Area bridges contract and the Central Park footbridge contract, offering opportunities for small and medium size companies to get involved in the project. Further packages of work are expected to go out to tender later this year and in 2009.