Delivering London's Olympic promise
The London 2012 Games were unique. From the bid the focus was on much more than simply the competition itself. It was about inspiring a generation and creating a lasting legacy for London.
London Legacy Development Corporation Project summary
London Legacy Development Corporation
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Mace is proud to have been one of the few companies that has worked on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games from the capital's bid, right through to transforming the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and regenerating the east of London to create a lasting legacy.
Together with our client, the London Legacy Development Corporation, we are managing the creation of a new and vibrant community with 10,000 new homes in the east of London. We have overseen the creation of new roads, footpaths and cycle routes to connect the park to the heart of the local community. The amount of parkland has been doubled to create the city's newest public park while converting the Games venues into world class community leisure facilities, which can also hold international sporting fixtures.
Of course, the pinnacle at the centre of the vast site is the London Stadium itself. Project managed by Mace, the 80,000 capacity stadium has been transformed ahead of schedule, with the upper tier of seating removed and the lower tier seating replaced with a new movable tier that can accommodate both football and athletics. This has created a multi-purpose arena for athletics, concerts and a new home for West Ham United Football Club.
Points of note
One venue, many facesAllowing a venue to sit empty and unused for a large chunk of the year is no longer a viable option. The innovative seating at the London Stadium allows concerts, world class athletics, rugby and football all to be hosted in one place.
A new postcode for LondonWe are helping the UK's capital city tackle its acute housing shortage by overseeing the creation of 10,000 new homes in the new E20 postcode - with a third of homes being affordable housing.
An economic powerhouse£2.8 billion economic value has been added to the local and the national economy thanks to the enduring legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics.
“I've lived locally since 2002 and I didn't think the legacy angle would come to much. But I've had to eat my words. I use the park to walk the dogs I look after and I've been using the VeloPark to train for a sponsored bike ride. One of the best aspects has been cleaning and opening up the waterways, which has led me to explore areas I hadn't been to before.”
“Overall the transformation of the park and its venues has been a fantastic success, and Mace has been a big part of that. As project management partner, Mace brought a true spirit of partnership – we really wanted someone to work alongside us helping us to deliver and they have definitely done that.”