Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

2012 building work 83% complete

Building work at the Olympic Park is now 83 per cent complete, Olympics minister Hugh Robertson has said.

The 7,000-capacity handball arena has became the latest venue to be finished and the basketball venue is nearing completion.

The handball arena, in the west of the Olympic Park, complete with 3,000m2 of external copper cladding, is where handball, goalball and modern pentathlon will take place during the Games. It is due to become a multi-use sports centre for community use and athlete training after the Games.

The basketball arena, billed as one of the largest temporary venues built for any Games, will stage the basketball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and the final stages of the handball competition in front of up to 12,000 spectators.

The public sector funding package for the Games has stayed at £9.298bn but the estimated costs for the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), in charge of Olympic build and infrastructure, has been cut by £35M to £7.266bn.

This is due to a combination of further savings and reducing risks this year, according to the Government Olympic Executive’s Quarterly report on preparations for the London 2012 Games.

In a written ministerial statement Robertson said the ODA had made “strong progress” adding: “We continue to seek value for money and cost savings in our day-to-day running of the project.”

More than 240 British businesses have won contracts for the construction of the 80,000-seat £486M Olympic Stadium and more than 5,250 people have worked on the project during the last three years.

The last piece of turf on the stadium’s field of play was laid in March and the 6,000-seat velodrome was unveiled in February.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs