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London 2012 Olympic Park

Key Facts

  • Client: Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA)
  • Value: £650 million
  • Location: Stratford, London

BAM Nuttall was instrumental in delivering one of the most successful and memorable events in British sporting history: the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

BAM Nuttall was instrumental in delivering one of the most successful and memorable events in British sporting history: the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. A major regeneration project was required to transform a derelict wasteland into the stunning parklands and waterways which provided the setting of the Games.

Enabling Works – we carried out extensive demolition and remediation operations to transform over 90ha of former industrial wasteland into the construction platforms for venues and infrastructure. Our on-site soil hospital, the first of its kind in the UK, enabled more than 97% of demolition materials to be used on site.

Structures, Bridges & Highways – we designed and constructed infrastructure to provide access to the Olympic park, including highways, bridges and underpasses. The scope included both permanent and temporary works, which would serve pre-Games construction logistics right through to the Legacy phase. Our works also involved installing drainage, street lighting and security fencing.

Wetland Bridges – working in a sensitive wetland environment, we constructed three permanent and temporary bridges which provided the main access to the Olympic concourse across the River Lea. The temporary bridges were designed and constructed to allow for 100% recyclability upon dismantling.

North Park Landscaping and Public Realm – we managed the delivery of the high profile landscape and river-scape scheme, providing the flora and fauna for the iconic backdrop of the Games. This involved providing extensive hard and soft landscaping and creating an open, ecological landscape consisting of wetlands and woodlands, where we planted over 2000 semi-mature trees. We also created a number of habitats to encourage a diverse ecosystem to the park.

Operational Screening Areas – to support the security needs of all the Games, we provided the paved areas for all security checks of visitors and for deliveries, covering over 150,000m2. Associated works included the design and installation of perimeter security fencing, lighting and associated utilities.

Our commitment goes beyond construction – we helped enhance the overall habitat area of the park by planting grassland, marshland and wet woodlands, involving some 5500 trees and 47000 shrubs, as well as installing species specific habitats, including bird boxes and frog ponds. We also donated our skills, time and surplus materials to a number of local school and community projects.

Awards

2013 BCI Awards: Judges Special Award

2013 Construction News Awards: Best Project of the Year (over £50m)