Department for Culture Media and Sport
We worked with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to oversee construction for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
This included the construction of venues, accommodation, infrastructure and transport. Two-thirds of the London 2012 venues were existing sporting venues and some were temporary venues which are being dismantled. The remaining venues, such as the Olympic Stadium, were newly built and will continue to be used after the Games.
The first completed venue was Weymouth and Portland in 2008, which hosted the sailing events, and in February 2011, the Velodrome became the first sporting venue on the Olympic Park to be completed.
The construction project on the Olympic Park has:
- transformed a former industrial area into one of the largest new parks created in Europe for 150 years,
- created a new network of roads, bridges and infrastructure for the Games and beyond,
- maximised the employment legacy with programmes helping more than 1,200 previously unemployed local people gain work on the Olympic Park,
- trained more than 3,000 people for work on London 2012 sites and enabled 408 apprentices to work on the project,
- showcased our commitment to low carbon development and sustainable waste management,
- revitalised the Lower Lea Valley,
- reinvigorated waterways and enhanced biodiversity.
Find out more about the Olympic Delivery Authority and its role and read more about the Government’s role in London 2012.