Department for Culture Media and Sport

the olympic delivery authority

Olympic Park aerial view*

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is the public body that developed and built the new venues and infrastructure for the Games and their use after 2012. It is also responsible for transforming the Olympic and Paralympic Village into housing for the local community.

About the ODA

The ODA's headquarters are in Canary Wharf. It is led by the Chairman, Sir John Armitt, and the Chief Executive, Dennis Hone.

The ODA worked with a Delivery Partner to project manage the venues and infrastructure programme for the Games.

ODA responsibilities

The ODA was responsible for: 

  • building new permanent venues for the Games and beyond: the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, International Broadcast Centre/Main Press Centre, Velodrome, Copper Box, and BMX Track - all in the Olympic Park; and the Lee Valley White Water Centre in Hertfordshire
  • building temporary arenas/facilities that are being dismantled and/or relocated after the Games: the Water Polo Arena; Basketball Arena; facilities at Eton Manor; and the Shooting venue at The Royal Artillery Barracks
  • improvement works to existing sports venues at Eton Dorney and Weymouth and Portland
  • planning and delivering transport infrastructure and operations to support the Games
  • planning and enforcing the regulation of advertising and trading in and around London 2012 events during the Games 

The ODA is currently responsible for:

  • the retrofit of the Olympic and Paralympic Village by spring 2014 – transforming it from apartments for athletes and officials into 2,818 homes, around half of which will be affordable housing
  • taking down the temporary venue at The Royal Artillery Barracks and returning the site to the Ministry of Defence in spring 2013
  • the close out of more than £6 billion of commercial contracts

The ODA's work was underpinned by six ‘priority themes’: design and accessibility; employment and skills; equality and inclusion; health, safety and security; sustainability; and legacy.

The ODA has been working with the London Legacy Development Corporation to plan Games-time and long-term use together to make sure the area is regenerated, leaving housing, schools and health facilities for the local community after 2012, alongside world-class sports facilities.

Read more about the ODA’s construction of the venues for the Games on the National Archive website.

ODA funding

Central government funding made up two-thirds of the £9,298 million Public Sector Funding Package. The National Lottery contributed around 23% and the remainder came from the Greater London Authority and the London Development Agency.


The Government Olympic Executive (GOE) in DCMS led for Government on delivery of London 2012, reporting to the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport. The GOE was responsible for managing central Government funding for the Games and wider regeneration costs. It was also responsible for bringing together the legacy benefits brought by the UK-wide sporting, cultural, environmental, educational and business initiatives that took place as a result of the Games.

The ODA’s Anticipated Final Cost (AFC) of its construction and transport programmes is currently £6.714 billion. Full details can be found in the final London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Quarterly Report.

National Lottery

£2.2 billion of National Lottery funds helped to create the facilities to host the Games, providing a legacy for the people of east London and the wider UK. The Lottery will share in the profits made from land and property sales in the future.

The Greater London Authority

The Greater London Authority (GLA) is working to deliver the Mayor’s objectives for London 2012, and ensuring that hosting the Games brings the best possible benefits for Londoners. The GLA is contributing £925 million to the ODA. This money is for the regeneration, infrastructure and facilities that will continue to benefit Londoners for generations to come.

Legal status

The ODA was established by the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act, which received Royal Assent in March 2006. The Act was passed to ensure the necessary planning and preparation for the Games can take place. It allowed the ODA to:

  • buy, sell and hold land
  • make arrangements for building works and develop transport and other infrastructure
  • develop a Transport Plan for the Games, with which other agencies were required to cooperate, and make orders regulating traffic on the Olympic Road Network and Paralympic Route Network
  • be the local planning authority for the Olympic Park area

As a public body, the ODA is accountable to Government, the GLA and other stakeholders for its work.