Olympic Park transformation begins, estimated completion date 2014

Olympic Stadium and part of the Games park Olympic Stadium and part of the Games park

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
7:26 AM

The handover of the Olympic Park, which is being transformed from a competition venue for the London 2012 Games, has begun.

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The phased handover of venues, spaces and responsibilities from the London 2012 organisers to the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) is so the venue in Stratford, east London, can be changed into its future use as a residential, sporting and community location.

The LLDC is now in operational control of the Olympic Park, including areas such as perimeter security, access control and logistics operations and associated areas.

A £292 million construction project will take place at the site, set to open in phases as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from July 2013.

The whole Park should be open by spring 2014.

The aquatics centre, the velodrome and the basketball arena have now been handed over to LLDC.

The copper box, where the handball and goalball competitions were held during the Games, will be handed over in November.

The Olympic stadium and press and broadcast centres will be handed over in December, London 2012 said.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), which has been in charge of the Olympic build, is set to take over the Olympic village from London 2012.

This is so that a largescale retrofitting programme can begin, transforming the 2,818 apartments and houses into a new community called East Village.

In the six weeks since the paralympics ended, “a significant proportion” of the temporary overlay needed for the competitions has been stripped out of the park, according to London 2012.

Dennis Hone, the ODA chief executive and the LLDC’s interim chief executive, said: “Once the overlay and games-time elements are removed, we will start to deconstruct the temporary venues, adapt permanent venues for future use, reshape the landscape and retrofit the village into a new community for London.

“This will take some time, but the wait will be worth it. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be a fantastic new place to live, work and visit and enjoy.

“This really is an opportunity to create a legacy of the type we have never seen before.”

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said: “We began our work straight after the games to transform the venues, parklands and facilities in the Olympic Park to ensure generations to come will benefit from a golden summer.

“I congratulate my team for taking out all the temporary structures so quickly so that the job of transformation continues quickly.”