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LLDC chair resigns amid London Stadium fallout

Aerial shot of the new 6,000t, 45,000m2 roof on the former olympic stadium

The chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has resigned, just days after the London mayor ordered an investigation into the cost of the former Olympic stadium.

David Edmonds, who was appointed chairman in September 2015, originally joined the board of the Olympic Park Legacy Company in 2010 and continued as an LLDC board member since its inception in 2012.

He also chaired the E20 LLP board, the joint venture between the London Borough of Newham and the LLDC, which is responsible for the London Stadium.

“David has made an enormous contribution to the legacy of the London 2012 Games and he has helped to steer the organisation through some extremely challenging issues,” said LLDC chief executive David Goldstone.

Edmonds’ resignation follows London mayor Sadiq Khan’s decision to launch a review of the rising cost of transforming the stadium, which hosted events during London 2012, into the home of West Ham United Football Club.

The cost of the complex conversion project is believed to have rocketed from £272M last year to £323M.

Khan is said to be “deeply concerned” about the cost of converting the former Olympic stadium. The investigation is expected to look into a range of financial issues surrounding the project, including the cost of installing the venue’s retractable seating.

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