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Olympic Stadium set for major conversion

The Olympic Stadium will undergo a major retrofit after football club West Ham were finally confirmed as tenants today.

Work on the retrofit includes extending the roof to cover all the seats, installing retractable seats and alter the iconic floodlights.

Installing West Ham United Football Club as main tenant comes after three years of legal wrangling with the cost of transformation estimated to be as much as £190M. Funding for the conversion will come from a combination of sources of including £40M from Newham Council, £15M from West Ham and £25M from government.

Owner London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has now issued an invitation to tender in the Official Journal of the European Union to contractors for the stadium refit.

Original plans were for the stadium to be converted to a 25,000 seater athletics track after the Olympic Games but this was changed in 2010 to find a new owner that would keep the larger capacity.

The 80,000 seater stadium will now be reduced to 54,000 with LLDC and Newham Council operating the venue. West Ham has signed a 99 year lease to use the venue starting games after summer 2016.

Work is likely to include:

  • Earthworks and groundworks
  • Structural works
  • Roofing and cladding works
  • External finishes works
  • Building environmental services and utilities connections works
  • Retractable and re-locatable seating works
  • Field-of-play and specialist surfaces works
  • External and landscaping works
  • Testing and commissioning works
  • Final configuration works.

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