One of the final acts of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is the launch of a new photo gallery to archive 100 of the most memorable images of the construction of London’s Olympic and Paralympic venues and facilities. The images reflect the work of the ODA since it came into existence in 2006, and include iconic aerial photos from 2007 to 2014, showing the development of the Olympic Park, and how it changed as the construction programme progressed. They are being made available on the photo sharing website, Flickr, for non-commercial download and use as the ODA prepares to close.
Mega-event successes depend considerably on the host community’s support, even if their planning and development allows little input from local residents. This article in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management (Vol.21 December 2014) examines the use of a structural model to access key factors of residents’ perceptions for the 2012 London Olympics. The findings reveal that community support is influenced by perceptions of positive and negative impacts, and of community participation. They also indicate the importance of the Olympics’ perceived positive and negative impacts, whilst the willingness of support is directly and indirectly connected with the community’s participation in decision making.
Barcelona’s transformation under Pasqual Maragall provides one of the best examples of using major events as a catalyst for long term urban improvement. This is the sixth entry in the Urbanism Hall of Fame series, exclusive to TheCityFix. This series is intended to inform people about the leading paradigms surrounding sustainable transport and urban planning and the thinkers behind them. By presenting their many stories, TheCityFix seeks to challenge our readers to think carefully about what defines leadership and innovation in sustainable transport and urban development.
This report describes the activities which took place in the second year since the Games to build a lasting legacy across a number of commitments, namely sport and healthy living, the regeneration of east London, bringing communities together, the Paralympic legacy and economic growth.
This paper from JLL looks at the costs of the games in more detail and put these costs into a comparative perspective against the costs of previous winter games, specifically Vancouver and Turin. It considers the infrastructure that has been built and looks at the layout of both the so-called Mountain and Coastal Clusters that host the games’ sporting venues. The paper also takes a focused look at the crucial issue of hotel infrastructure before considering the legacy of the games as a whole.
Tokyo will host the games of the XXXII Olympiad from 25 July – 9 August 2020, and the Paralympic Games from 25 August – 6 September 2020. This article provides an overview of the procurement process for the 2020 Games and what Japan is likely to expect from tenderers from commercial, compliance and cultural perspectives. It also highlights key infrastructure and finance related opportunities for foreign investors.
A report from the House of Lords Select Committee on Olympic and Paralympic Legacy makes 41 recommendations including that the London Legacy Development Corporation should work with local authorities to make sure local people can access employment opportunities on the Olympic Park and the government works with major public sector procurers to make CompeteFor permanently available to SMEs across a wide range of public sector procurement programmes.
This report describes the activities since the Games to build a lasting legacy across a number of commitments including: sport and healthy living, the regeneration of east London, bringing communities together, the Paralympic legacy and economic growth. Whilst legacy is described as a 10-year project, significant progress has been made.
London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Legacy: Sustainable procurement for construction projects. A guide
This new quick reference guide brings together London 2012’s learning on sustainable procurement of construction projects. The aim of the guide is to assist procurers in central government and the wider public sector to manage large or smaller procurement exercises that relate to construction in a way that achieves sustainability objectives.
The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has begun consulting on its preliminary draft charging schedule for its Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which also proposes charges of £100 per square metre for hotels, student accommodation, and for “convenience supermarkets”, superstores, and retail warehouses above 280 square metres. A background report, prepared by BNP Paribas, tests the ability of a range of development types throughout the LLDC to yield contributions to infrastructure requirements through the CIL.