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ICE adds to 2012 Olympic legacy

Olympic officials, the ICE, government ministers and the construction industry have been working together to harness best practice developed during the construction of the 2012 Olympic Games facilities.

The ‘Learning Legacy’ project, led by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), was launched at the ICE this week by culture secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Olympic experience is being used because the Park is seen as an example of a well managed and procured construction programme. Facilities were delivered on time and below budget earlier this year.
Learning Legacy is a collaboration between the ODA, contractors, professional bodies, government and academia. It is designed to gather and preserve as much of the lessons learnt from the London 2012 project as possible.

Best practice library

The website will provide an online library of best practice to ensure that valuable lessons learned on the project can be replicated by others.

“The ODA’s Learning Legacy initiative goes to the very heart of what the ICE was set up to encourage - the exchange of specialist knowledge and development of innovation and excellence,” said ICE director general Tom Foulkes.

“The London 2012 construction project has delivered a strong and positive influence on the industry and the ICE is committed to playing our part in ensuring these lessons are passed on.”

The ICE has added to the bank of skills and knowledge the Learning Legacy aims to provide through two special issues of the ICE’s proceedings journal, Civil Engineering. These focus on geotechnics, energy provision, structural engineering, master planning, and transport.

ICE mini site

The Institution has also created a mini-site on its website dedicated to learning legacy. This will include an online Ordnance Survey map of the Olympic Park, that will explain how engineers overcame the challenges of managing waste, transport, energy and water on the site.


“The Learning Legacy framework is the embodiment of a new benchmark that has been created in delivering Europe’s largest construction project to the ultimate deadline and within budget,” said ODA Chairman John Armitt.
“The scale and speed of the coordinated UK effort to build the venues and infrastructure is unprecedented and the knowledge and lessons gained during construction will both benefit the industry and act as a catalyst for inward investment”.

  • Visit the ICE’s Learning legacy contribution at www.ice.org.uk/learninglegacy.To launch its involvement in the ODA’s Learning Legacy, the ICE is hosting an evening lecture, “Establishment of the Olympic Project: winning the bid, shaping the vision and master planning.” The lecture will take place on the 7 November at 6.30pm at the ICE. Speakers include ODA directors of design, regeneration and masterplanning.

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